Rail Freight Planning application update

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News release: 21 December 2006

There will be a meeting to determine the planning application submitted to the Council for a Rail Freight Interchange from Helioslough Ltd at 7pm on 19 February 2007, at the Alban Arena in the Civic Centre St Albans.

The location for the meeting has been moved from the Council offices to the Alban Arena, due to the high level of public interest as shown at the last meeting. Parking is available in the Civic Centre car park in Bricket Road or in the multi-storey car parks in Drovers Way and Russell Avenue. Parking in these newly refurbished car parks is free of charge after 6.30pm and they have CCTV on all levels.

At a meeting on 1st November 2006, the Council considered the application, but was unable to make a final decision because the applicant had not provided sufficient information for the Highways Agency to ascertain the full impact of the proposal on the motorway and trunk roads concerned. The committee stated that it was minded to refuse the application based upon the information that was available.

The Highways Agency have since confirmed to the Council that the transport assessment is inadequate and they are unable to determine the impact of the development and now recommend refusal of the application.

The plans can be viewed in the Customer Service Centre at the District Council Offices or on the council’s website at www.stalbans.gov.uk/living/planning/search-plans.php. The reference number is 5/2006/1680.

The meeting is open to the public and anyone may attend.

  • Any residents with disability access requirements who wish to reserve a seat in advance, should contact the Council’s Disability Resources Officer on 01727 819455.

  • For any other queries relating to the arrangements for this meeting, please contact Committee Administration on 01727 819524

  • For any queries relating to the planning application, please contact the Planning Department on 01727 819345.

  • To make comments on the application please write to:-
    Robin Booth, Planning Case Officer,
    St Albans City and District Council
    District Council Offices
    St Peter’s Street
    St Albans
    Herts AL1 3JE

The time set aside for public speaking on this application will be increased to 30 minutes overall, from the usual six minutes. A maximum of 15 minutes will be allowed in favour of the application, and 15 minutes against.

Anyone who wishes to register to speak at the meeting should telephone the planning department (01727 819345) on 19th February between 10am and 2.30pm. There may be a need for potential speakers to liaise, and officers will be able to assist with this.

The webcast will also be broadcast live via a link on the homepage of the Council’s website at www.stalbans.gov.uk. People with access to an appropriate computer with broadband internet access and Microsoft Windows media player will be able to view the meeting without the need to attend in person.

Davina Mansell, Press Officer
Email: d.mansell@stalbans.gov.uk