Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 16 December 2018
From Dermot Roff

Representation

I object to the proposal for the following reasons:
Mainly lack of safety and can be summarised as follows
• [Redacted] The noise from the containers, railway and warehousing will penetrate my home which is probably the closest road to the development. My family and my daughter all enjoy the garden environment and it would be noisy and the views blighted by the development. I fear my daughter would refrain from using the garden due to this which would further limit her ability to spend time outdoors.
• Loss of privacy and being overshadowed by the development is a concern to my family. I also anticipate walkers across the field behind Rectory Lane towards the development which would cause a big change in the way we are able to use our home.
• I worry my daughter will be at risk of passing traffic which will increase substantially if the development goes ahead as she is not 100% road and traffic aware. I also worry that with so much passing traffic she is more exposed and at risk of being approached by strangers to the village which would put her in an extremely vulnerable position.
• Noise and air pollution would almost certainly increase from 3 aspects of my home (South – development, North – increase in traffic and East – new railway), which would cause a disturbance for my family (especially my daughter who needs peace to concentrate on schoolwork) and myself as I often work from home.
• The visual impact is extremely negative as the warehouses are so high. Even with the camouflage and colouring this would totally transform the landscape negatively. This is out of scale and out of character with the surrounding area.
• The character of the villages of both Milton and Blisworth would change beyond recognition as the traffic flow increases and many strangers to the village are passing through on a daily basis. This would also increase the risk of crime in the villages.
• The loss of views would severely impact the village (particularly Rectory Lane) adversely.
• Highway safety in the village would be a huge issue as would speeding. Parking issues may also arise if people decide to park in the village and cut through the fields which is a possibility
• I am concerned about the local wildlife which is abundant in this area (bats, many species of birds many others) which would be devastated by a development of this size.
• The local community facilities and roads cannot cope with the extra footfall and traffic and the atmosphere of the village would change significantly as a result.
• I’m concerned the emergency access road onto Northampton Road may be opened up which would mean the now fairly quiet country road would become exceptionally busy and very dangerous for the residents (especially my daughter)
• DIRFT is only 18m and has capacity to expand