Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 21 December 2018
From Richard Dimbleby


I wish to strongly object to this planning application. We purchased a house in Milton Malsor attracted by its position in open countryside whilst also close to the amenities of Northampton. This application would totally destroy the environment and wildlife around this and other local villages, not only removing good farm land and an attractive environment but also bringing noise, light and air pollution through heavy lorry traffic which is likely to be 24/7. Traffic congestion on the M1 and local trunk roads is already severe and to add this proposed significant increase is totally unacceptable. T

But more important than this objection which may be seen as nimbyism, the information I have seen from Rail Central does not convince me that there is a need for this Rail Freight facility. This proposal is in the wrong place since it is only a few miles from DIRFT at Daventry which is still developing and has capacity for expansion. I agree with the principle of moving freight from road to rail where this is practicable but such interchanges need to be dotted around the UK and not concentrated in the central Midlands. As part of your inspection of this application it is essential that you are satisfied that this SRFI is focused on rail/road transfer and not primarily a proposal to increase the amount of road served warehousing of which there is already a great deal around Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Finally I strongly object since this proposal is contrary to the approved West Northants Joint Core Strategy. I recognise that this application is made as a national infrastructure project but this should not ride rough shod over local panning approvals democratically agreed by local authorities, businesses and citizens. DIRFT provides what is required for now and into the future.

I strongly urge you to reject this unnecessary proposal: it is the wrong application in the wrong place.