Proposed rail freight terminal: Secretary of State agrees to Helioslough’s request for an extension to ‘planning obligation’ deadline

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News release: 25 January 2013
In a further development regarding the proposed rail freight interchange at Park Street, St Albans City & District Council has received notification of an extension to the Secretary of State’s decision making timescales.

Last month, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said that he was “minded to approve” planning permission for the rail freight interchange subject to various conditions. 

He proposed to defer his final decision on the appeal until the conditions had been met. The Secretary of State is seeking a Section 106 planning obligation - an obligation to fund various infrastructure requirements - from the developer, Helioslough. 

The Secretary of State originally proposed to allow until 28 February 2013 for the planning obligation to be submitted, before proceeding to a final decision.  However, in a letter dated 24 January 2013, the Secretary of State has agreed to a request from Helioslough to extend the period to 28 March 2013. 

This is to allow Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet to consider the matter at its meeting on 25 February.  The County Council owns land included in the proposed rail freight interchange site.

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