Goodman Logistics has failed in its High Court challenge to force the Government to reconsider a controversial plan for a huge rail freight interchange in Colnbrook. Although the Court found that Goodman had succeeded on some points of its legal challenge, those points would NOT have changed the original decision to refuse permission.
That both sets of barristers did extremely well out of the public inquiry into Colnbrook SIFE in 2015 will come as no surprise. But the two lead barristers on either side have won major plaudits in a recent survey of solicitors and planning professionals, with their activity over SIFE cited.
A High Court challenge mounted by SIFE developer Goodman could, if successful, be bad news for Heathrow. The company, which confirmed during the public inquiry in 2015 that, even if Heathrow was granted permission for a Third Runway, it would still build and operate the 183-acre site for one year, now seems to be going all out to get top buck for its investment.
An opponent of the rail-freight interchange planned to be built in Radlett is continuing his campaign to have the depot scrutinised against “the same rules” as the SIFE development in Colnbrook.
There is growing speculation tonight that Australian property developer Goodman is preparing to submit a High Court challenge the Secretary of State’s decision to reject SIFE earlier this Summer.
A second e-petition on the Parliament.uk website has failed to muster much support, while an MP has been knocked back in her attempt to lobby Government ministers over the “inconsistency” of approving the freight depot at Radeltt while rejecting one at Colnbrook.
On the face of it why should one freight depot be approved and one rejected? While open countryside, both sites are former landfill, any question that a network of SRFIs around London also ruled that both sites would complementary rather than competing with each other.
Petition calling for Radlett freight depot to be reassessed according to Colnbrook SIFE criteria rejected
SIFE: what Clark said about the impact on Colnbrook’s Green Belt, the “special needs” test, air quality … and Heathrow’s rival claim
A stopSIFE campaign was formed exactly one month to the day of the original planning application, and the fight against the imposition of SIFE has been on for just under six years. Could this, finally, be the end of the struggle?
The Government has today agreed with the Planning Inspectorate’s recommendation to DISMISS the appeal into SIFE, putting the “irreparable harm” that SIFE would cause ahead of the “considerable contribution” it would make to resolving London’s freight infrastructure need.
The lastest twist in the ten year impasse over a proposed rail freight interchange in Hertfordshire could add pressure for the massive SIFE development in Colnbrook to be approved.