St Albans Rail Freight Terminal To Go Ahead

3 July 2015, 18:07 | Updated: 3 July 2015, 18:14

Plans for a massive rail freight interchange at Park Street near St Albans looks set to go ahead now the council say they've run out of options to stop it.

On Monday (June 29th), St Albans City & District Council was refused permission to appeal the dismissal of its case against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

In his decision notice, a judge at the Court of Appeal - said he considered the Council's grounds of appeal do not have a real prospect of success.

The Council has decided not to ask for that decision to be reconsidered at an oral hearing before the Court of Appeal.

The Authority says their decision was taken in light of legal advice.

Cllr Julian Daly, the Council's Leader said:

"Sadly, this ends the Council's challenge against the Secretary of State's planning decision.  We brought our case against a rail freight interchange at this site because we consider it to be harmful to our Green Belt.

However, the Judge's written opinion is clear and given our own legal advice, we have taken the decision not to appeal further."

How we got here:

The Council had challenged the Secretary of State's decision to grant planning permission for a strategic rail freight interchange at Park Street near St Albans. The High Court dismissed the Council's challenge on 13 March 2015.

On 13 April 2015, the Council applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal the dismissal.