Rail Freight Challenge Rejected

St Albans City and District Council has been told its recent High Court challenge on the Rail Freight interchange planning matter has been dismissed.

The Council had challenged the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government's decision to grant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange in Park Street.

The Council has been ordered to pay the Secretary of State's costs of £13,269.  Further costs are currently being assessed. 

The Council made an application to Mr Justice Holgate for permission to appeal his decision. 

As this was refused, the Council now has until 13 April 2015 to decide whether it wishes to apply for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal. 

Cllr Julian Daly, the Council's Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation said: 

"The Council is, of course, disappointed with the Court's decision.  Our position remains that building a freight interchange at this site will be harmful to the District's Green Belt. We are taking advice from our legal advisors before deciding whether to apply for permission to appeal the decision."

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