Council responds to Secretary of State’s proposal to re-open rail freight planning inquiry

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News release: 02 October 2012

St Albans City & District Council has responded positively to a proposal to re-open the Radlett rail freight planning inquiry.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government proposes to re-open the planning inquiry into a planned rail freight terminal near Park Street.  His proposal is to join the inquiry with another into an application for a rail freight terminal at Colnbrook, near Slough.

In its letter to the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Council says it believes a conjoined inquiry is “both appropriate and necessary”.  The full text of the Council’s letter can be found at:

Cllr Julian Daly, Executive Leader of the Council said:  “Part of the Council’s case at the Radlett inquiry was that the Colnbrook proposal will cause less harm to the Green Belt. Re-opening the planning inquiry and joining it up with the Colnbrook inquiry is an important step in deciding whether either scheme is to be allowed. This will allow us to make points in defence of the Green Belt which we would find hard to do if the two applications were addressed separately”. 

For background and links to the Secretary of State’s letter of 19 September see:

Member contact:
Cllr Julian Daly, Executive Leader and Portfolio Holder for Resources, St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01582 715645, Mobile: 07775 657200,

Contact for the press:
Claire Wainwright, Principal Communications and Marketing Officer,St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01727 819572, E-mail:

Update: 15 October 2012

The Secretary of State has now written to interested parties in a letter dated 12 October, asking for comments on representations received.  This letter, and copies of all the representations received by the Secretary of State, can be found at:

The Council is considering the Secretary of State’s letter and has until 29 October to respond.