Judge blocks Radlett rail terminal challenge

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The saga of the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett has moved on another step after the High Court turned down an application by St Albans City and District Council for a judicial review.

The council wanted to challenge a decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government not to re-open the planning inquiry into the proposed development at Park Street, St Albans, and conjoin it with an inquiry into an alternative site near Slough.

The final decision on the appeal by Helioslough in respect of the scheme is yet to be made by the Secretary of State.  In a letter dated 20 December 2012, the Secretary of State stated that he was minded to approve the appeal subject to the provision of a satisfactory Section 106 planning obligation which binds all those with an interest in the appeal site. 

The Secretary of State  has extended the period for submission of a satisfactory planning obligation until 14 November 2013. 

The Council said it would consider its response to the Secretary of State’s final decision on the SRFI when it is issued.

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