Stop Roxhill

The developer, Roxhill, has proposed building 5 million square feet

 of warehousing on 457 acres of arable farmland close to Junction

 15 of the M1 and the surrounding communities of Roade, Milton

 Malsor, Grange Park and Collingtree.

This is in addition to the separate proposal from Ashfield Land (Rail Central) for 8 million

 sq ft of warehousing on an adjoining site.


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There are many reasons to challenge this proposal:


PLANNING

 The recently agreed Strategic Plan for the region, specifically excludeds industrial development at this location. A previous application by Roxhill for a 2.67m sq ft Distribution Centre was withdrawn after widespread opposition.

LOCAL DEMOCRACY

Roxhill argue that the inclusion of a rail link to the Northampton Loop line allows this proposal to be decided by central government as 'Nationally Significant Infrastructure' rather than by the locally accountable planning process.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Residential areas surrounding the proposed site  are already exposed to high levels of air, noise and light pollution that are above legal limits. This has always been partly mitigated by the open countryside close by. Roxhill's proposal will destroy this 'green lung' as well as the wildlife habitat it provides. (see video clip on 'background' page)

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

The existing traffic congestion on the M1, A45 and A508, is self evident and increases 'rat running' through residential roads. The number of (diesel) HGV's needed to service 5 million sq ft of warehousing will be enormous. Roxhill claim that 6,000 people will work at the site. Because of low unemployment in this region, the workforce would be drawn from a wide area and are likely to travel by car. Roxhill have promised to fund improvements to Junction 15 but the changes proposed in their earlier (and smaller) planning application, were judged by planners as unlikely to add to overall capacity.

RAIL FREIGHT STRATEGY

Industry experts say that a Rail Interchange is not needed in this location because the DIRFT facility is only 18 miles further north and has expansion capacity for the next 20 years. In addition, The likely occupiers would be non rail freight warehouse operators moving to be nearer to the M1. This would be completely against government objectives but the current policies governing Rail Freight Interchanges do not prevent this.



ASK THE BIG QUESTION ...

How can it be in the 'national interest' to wipe out  out hundreds of acres of productive farmland and wildlife habitat  and create yet more traffic congestion and pollution on an already overstretched road network ?



TO SIGN A PETITION TO ANDREA LEADSOM, MP FOR SOUTH NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

CLICK HERE  


Huge numbers turn out for protest march over rail freight depots

The Chronicle & Echo reported: On 5th August a 500 strong group of residents took part in a protest walk along public footpaths that cross the site of the two proposed warehouse and rail freight depots that would completely change the Northamptonshire landscape and their way of life. Villagers from Collingtree, Blisworth, Milton Malsor and Roade showed their opposition to the Roxhill and Ashfield Land proposals which, if both approved, would see 1100 acres of land bordering the four villages near J15 of the M1, filled by a 13 million sq ft rail freight interchange. The residents took to the footpaths to highlight the scale of the countryside that would be swallowed up and protest at the environmental damage that would be caused by the massive increase in traffic.



URGENT!  Public Exhibition of Plans

During October the developers, Roxhill, will be holding a further round of consultation displays at the following venues:

Collingtree       Hilton Hotel   October 9th   1.30pm - 7.30pm
Blisworth          Royal Oak Pub October 11th 1.30pm  - 7.30pm
Milton Malsor   Village Hall  October 13th 2pm - 7.30pm
Roade                Primary School October 14th 12 noon - 5pm
Towcester        The Forum October 20th 2pm - 7pm

FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON THE PROPOSAL - CLICK HERE 
FOR BACKGROUND ON THE NEW PLANNING PROCESS - CLICK HERE
FOR WHO TO CONTACT - CLICK HERE