Decision on date for Rail Freight planning inquiry

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News release: 06 September 2007

Following the refusal by the District Council’s Planning Referrals Committee of the planning application for a Rail Freight Terminal submitted by Helio Slough, an appeal has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate. The council is currently preparing its case to be presented at the public inquiry.

A pre-inquiry meeting will be held by the Planning Inspectorate in the Council Chamber on Monday 17th September at 10am, and will last approximately half a day. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the Planning Inspector to hear representations from both sides, before deciding on a suitable date for the planning inquiry to be held. The meeting is not open to the public.

The council envisages that it may cost up to £1M to defend the appeal and has set aside funds to cover this.

Following the pre-inquiry meeting, the Planning Inspector will make a decision on the start date and duration of the public inquiry. Once this is known the council will then review and propose the best location for the inquiry to take place.

Davina Mansell, Press Officer