Heathrow has confirmed for the first time that it has plans for a fourth full-size runway over Colnbrook and Poyle, echoing proposals by Tim Leunig three months ago that were angrily rejected by Councillor James Walsh.
Three weeks after St Albans Council was told its Judicial Review bid was “misconceived”, developer Helioslough have been refused permission for its own Judicial Review. Deputy High Court Judge John Howell refused permission in the High Court, saying that the legislation imposed ‘no express duty on the Secretary of State to take a decision on the appeal by the time set’.
The impasse on the proposed freight interchange at Radlett – and conversely for the next step for the massive SIFE development proposed for Colnbrook’s remaining Green Belt – continues.
Administrators of Colnbrook-based McArdle have revealed they are negotiating with one potential buyer. But hopes are fading for the company to be kept as a going concern as asset strippers wait on the sidelines. The company’s prime location in the residential heart of the village is understood to be generating particular interest.
Campaigners have vowed not to give up after Windsor & Maidenhead councillors buckled to threat of Judicial Review and reject the application to grant Village Green status to fields in neighbouring Wraysbury.
Campaigners fighting to get an 13-acre field designated as a public green are not giving up despite the Planning Inspector concluding they had left it too late to make the application. They want the Royal Borough to award ‘village green’ status to Thamesfield, when it meets tomorrow.
Planning permission has finally been granted for a pair of semi-detached houses on the plot adjacent to Hadley Court, Coleridge Crescent, ending a 12 year planning saga.
The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is inviting questions from members of the public to put to the planning minister in a forthcoming hearing relating to changes to planning rules.
The Government has announced that it will make an order giving powers to town and parish councils to submit proposals under the Sustainable Communities Act 2007 “shortly” despite a disappointing response to a consultation carried out last year.
The new Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 became law on 25th April. Among measures aimed at kick-starting economic growth, the Act allows affordable housing elements of section 106 agreements to be watered down to make developments more viable.
St Alban’s nimby MP Anne Main is continuing to fight hard to reopen the prospect of a joint Inquiry covering both the Radlett and Colnbrook strategic rail freight interchanges, claiming that Network Rail have “conceded” that passenger services would be impacted. Despite Network Rail last week dismissing claims that the rail network would be unable to cope with the additional freight trains proposed, Mrs Main has written to Simon Burns, Minister of State at the Department of Transport to claim otherwise.