Rail freight plans are rejected again

A RESOUNDING no met Helioslough s second application for a massive rail freight terminal on Green Belt land in Park Street last night. The district council s planning referrals committee unanimously rejected the plans for the former Radlett Airfield at

A RESOUNDING "no" met Helioslough's second application for a massive rail freight terminal on Green Belt land in Park Street last night.

The district council's planning referrals committee unanimously rejected the plans for the former Radlett Airfield at a packed meeting held at the Alban Arena due to the huge public opposition to the proposals.

The new scheme, which is substantially the same as the first, includes 3.5 million sq ft of warehousing in five buildings - one larger than Terminal Five at Heathrow - together with associated road, rail and other infrastructure and parking for hundreds of cars and lorries.

Helioslough is also promising to build a Park Street relief road and provide a country park.

Numerous people spoke against the proposals at last night's meeting, including St Albans MP Anne Main and representatives of STRiFE, the campaign group fighting the proposals.

Helioslough representative Simon Hoare was the only speaker in favour of the scheme and he vowed to appeal against the council's decision following the meeting.

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And if the developers follow through with the threat, it will mean another costly public inquiry for the district council.

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