CgMs achieved permission at Radlett, near St Albans, for a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange of 3.5m sqft in the green belt.

CgMs is delighted to announce that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has granted planning permission for the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange at Radlett. This decision has been reached after two public inquires where all the issues have been thoroughly examined. This detailed consideration of the merits of the proposal has enabled the Secretary of State to reach this conclusion.

The Strategic Rail Freight Interchange is important for sustainable economic growth - some £250 million will be invested by the private sector in this development, with some 3,760 jobs being generated over the long term as well as creating £101 million in annual economic benefits. Having the ability to move more freight via a well connected rail network, will help to free up capacity on our already overcrowded roads as well as generate significant carbon savings.

"We will now be progressing our planning permission to the next stages with St Albans District Council."

We first applied for planning permission for a SRFI at the former Radlett Aerodrome site in 2006.

The application was for some 3.5 million square feet of rail served warehousing and an intermodal terminal with a country park on adjoining land.

After the application was refused by the local authority, Helioslough appealed the decision and an inquiry took place in 2007.

The outcome of this inquiry was a rejection of the application, solely on the ground of weaknesses in the alternative sites methodology used. A revised application was submitted in 2009, again rejected by the local authority and again appealed. The inquiry into this appeal took place late in 2009.

After an exhaustive process, the Inspector recommended the application be approved. However, in July 2010, the Secretary of State over-ruled the Inspector. Helioslough then issued a legal challenge in the High Court. The judge ruled that the Secretary of State's decision was wrong, and the decision was quashed. Today’s decision is as a result of the Secretary of State reconsidering the position he took in July 2010.

For further information contact Erica Mortimer

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