The Rail Freight planning inquiry comes to a close

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News release: 12 December 2007

The Rail Freight planning inquiry to consider the appeal by HelioSlough, against the refusal by the District Council’s Planning Referrals Committee of their planning application for a Rail Freight Terminal in February 2007, ended on Thursday 20 December 2007.

There was a webcast covering the last two days of the inquiry and Wednesday’s webcast was watched live on 31 PCs, with 45 viewings of the archived webcast. Thursday’s webcast was watched live on 55 PCs.

The webcast of the inquiry for 6th November was viewed live on 276 PCs and the archived webcast has since been viewed 415 times, totalling 691 viewings. The webcast for 7th November was viewed live on 149 PCs and the archived webcast has since been viewed by 126 PCs, totalling 275 viewings.

The council chamber was full when Strife made their closing address on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th December.

These webcasts can be viewed live from the comfort of your home, by going to www.stalbans.ukcouncil.net/site. There is an online help and FAQ page if you experience problems with the webcast: www.stalbans.ukcouncil.net/site/help.php.

They will remain in the archives for six months after the inquiry has ended.

There is also a Rail Freight link from the home page of the council’s website www.stalbans.gov.uk, which will have related information.

After completion of the inquiry the Planning Inspector will send a report with his recommendation to the Secretary of State who will make the final decision. Anyone wanting a copy of the decision on the appeal should request this by writing to the Planning Inspector at the:-

Planning Inspectorate
Room 4/04 Kite,
Temple Quay House,
2 The Square,
Temple Quay.
Bristol BS1 6PN
Quote reference: APP/B1930//07/2045747/NWF
Or via email to sarah.banwell@pins.gsi.gov.uk

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