St Albans council launching legal fight against Radlett rail freight decision

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A CHALLENGE to the government decision which looks set to allow Helioslough to develop land in Park Street into a huge rail freight depot is to be made by St Albans council.

It has requested that Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, Eric Pickles, should reconsider his decision early in December not to reopen the inquiry into the Radlett Airfield scheme and conjoin it with one into a similar rail freight scheme for Colnbrook near Slough as he had originally proposed.

Only a week after that decision, Mr Pickles notified the council that he was “minded” to grant planning permission to Helioslough to build on Radlett Airfield.

The council has asked Mr Pickles for a response to the decision not to go ahead with a conjoined inquiry. If he does not reopen and conjoin the inquiry, the council will challenge the decision through a Judicial Review in the High Court.