Radlett MP urges against controversial Rail Freight proposal

PUBLISHED: 15:01 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:01 27 September 2017

Oliver Dowden and Anne Main at Rail Freight protest.

Oliver Dowden and Anne Main at Rail Freight protest.

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Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, whose constituency covers Radlett, is urging the district council to reconsider the proposals for the Radlett Rail Freight Terminal.

In a letter to the leader of the council, Cllr Alec Campbell, Mr Dowden has asked for the proposed site to be considered for housing instead.

The publication of new housing needs figures for St Albans shows the council will need to build more than 900 homes a year by 2026 to keep up with demand, an increase of nearly 300 on the previous figure.

Mr Dowden said: “It is clear that the council needs to consider new sites for housing and conduct a full Green Belt review to identify these.

“I have always said I do not want any development of this green belt land. But if it must be developed, it is ludicrous that the land can have planning permission for a rail freight terminal on it, but bids for desperately needed homes cannot be considered.”

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