Rail freight depot planning battle features on TV

PUBLISHED: 11:53 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

THE battle to prevent a massive rail-freight depot being built on a Green Belt site in St Albans was highlighted in a TV programme on Tuesday evening. The ITV featured action group STRiFE and their fight to prevent Helioslough developing a rail freight d

THE battle to prevent a massive rail-freight depot being built on a Green Belt site in St Albans was highlighted in a TV programme on Tuesday evening.

The ITV featured action group STRiFE and their fight to prevent Helioslough developing a rail freight depot on the former Radlett Airfield in Park Street on their programme Planning Wars.

The programme looked at the threat to the Green Belt from schemes such as the Rail Freight Depot and a wind farm in Benington, another part of Herts, as well as the impact of developments completed without planning permission on residents and local councils.

Planning Wars showed campaigners protesting outside the rail freight site and interviewed Cathy Bolshaw of STRiFE who spoke about the scale of the proposed warehouses which she described as larger than Terminal Five.

Helioslough failed to get planning permission at appeal for the scheme but have indicated they will be coming back early this year with what is likely to be a similar proposal but with more work done on the suitability of other sites in the south for a rail freight depot.

At the end of the item on Planning Wars, the presenter said Helioslough was modifying its application and was confident of getting planning permission.

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