Councillors say Colnbrook Logistics Centre must not be made permanent

Colnbrook Parish Council has objected to an attempt by Heathrow to extend the use of the Colnbrook Logistics Centre beyond its current temporary permission in 2018.

The permission for the "temporary" Colnbrook Logistics Centre has been extended twice already and is currently due to be returned to Green Belt by the end of 2018.

The permission for the “temporary” Colnbrook Logistics Centre has been extended twice already and is currently due to be returned to Green Belt by the end of 2018.

The application – which came a month ahead of the decision to back a Heathrow runway this week – saw a request submitted for a screening opinion on an Environmental Impact Assessment for the site off the Colnbrook By-pass.

Following discussions the clerk was instructed to write to Slough Borough Council stating that was only ever given temporary planning permission for ten years to enable the construction of Terminal 5 at Heathrow and this had already been extended until 2018.

In June land agent Simon, Flisher, Barton Willmore used Slough’s Call for Sites to make a speculative submission that the 50 acre site be made permanent.  The Council responded by blocking consideration of more than 60 Colnbrook-based suggestions until the decision on a new runway was made:

“It is not considered appropriate to promote these for housing at this stage given the uncertainty about the future of Heathrow. Some commercial development may, however, have to be considered at Poyle to meet airport needs”.

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It was most recently given another five year extension to its permission in 2010 and is current due to be returned to Green Belt on 31st December 2018.

The parish says it now wants to see this enforced and the logistics centre, together with all of its ancillary features removed after 2018, and the site returned to its original condition.

Colnbrook Logistics Centre – a history of moving goalposts

Date

Application

October 2003

Permission granted for a temporary logistics centre for the delivery, storage, and assembly of materials and components relating to the construction of Terminal 5 only.  The site to be returned to Green Belt within 9 years or 3 months following the completion of Phase 2 of T5.

November 2004

Permission granted to allow the manufacture of rebar (reinforcing steel used as rods in concrete) for non-Terminal 5 purposes for a temporary period until 31 December 2007.

February 2005

Permission granted to allow delivery of bulk materials for concrete for non-T5 Heathrow Airport projects for a temporary period until 31 December 2009.

January 2007

Permission granted for an increase in night-time HGV movements.

March 2010

Permission granted to retain the logistics centre for a further temporary period up to 31st December 2018.

June 2016

Request to make the Colnbrook Logistics Centre permanent.

 

 

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