Council refused permission to appeal on rail freight court dismissal

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News release: 29 June 2015
Rail
Council refused permission to appeal on rail freight court dismissal

St Albans City and District Council has been refused leave to appeal the dismissal of its court challenge against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.   

The Council had challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to grant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange at Park Street near St Albans. The High Court dismissed the Council’s challenge on 13 March. 

On 13 April, the Council applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the dismissal. 

The Council has now received notice, dated 29 June 2015, that permission has been refused.  In his decision, Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sullivan says that he considers the grounds of appeal put forward by the Council do not have a real prospect of success.  

The Council now has seven days to decide whether to request that Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Sullivan’s decision is reconsidered at an oral hearing before the Court of Appeal.  We will take advice from our legal advisors before making this decision.

Contact for the press:
Claire Wainwright, Executive and Communications Manager,
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819572



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Further background information can be found at: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/planning/rail_freight_interchange.aspx