Secretary of State decides not to reopen rail freight planning inquiry

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News release: 14 December 2012
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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has decided not to re-open the inquiry into a planned rail freight terminal near Park Street, St Albans. 

The Secretary of State had proposed re-opening the planning inquiry and joining it with another into an application for a rail freight terminal at Colnbrook, near Slough.

However, the DCLG* has today written to say that the Secretary of State has decided not to re-open the inquiry.  The letter says that he “is satisfied that he can determine the Radlett proposal on the basis of the evidence before him”.  

The full text of the Secretary of State’s letter can be found at: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/Images/12-12-14%20CLG%20Letter%203%20on%20Potential%20Conjoining_tcm15-29512.pdf 

Cllr Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation at St Albans City & District Council said:  “The Secretary of State has decided not to re-open the inquiry into the proposed rail-freight terminal. The Council has made its representations against the proposed rail freight terminal and we now await his decision.”

For background see:  http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/rail_freight_interchange.aspx

Councillor contact: Cllr Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation, St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01582 761014; Mobile: 07866 458977. 

Contact for the press: Claire Wainwright, Principal Communications and Marketing Officer, St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01727 819572, E-mail: claire.wainwright@stalbans.gov.uk

 

*DCLG – Department for Communities and Local Government