Government delays decision on SIFE until after Local Elections

A decision on the SIFE appeal, expected by 28th April, been deferred by the Department of Communities and Local Government.

SIFE unit A

An artist’s impression of the westernmost of three intermodal freight warehouses planned for Colnbrook.

A decision on whether or not to allow the massive Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE) to be built in Colnbrook has been delayed.

Robert Putnam, for the Department of Communities and Local Government, has emailed interested parties this afternoon to advise that a decision will now be expected shortly after the Local Elections on 5th May.

No reason for the delay has been given.

Dear Sir

The Secretary of State is considering the report of the Inspector, Diane Lewis BA(Hons) MCD MA LLM MRTPI who opened a public local inquiry on 8 September 2015 into the above appeal.

I am writing to let you know that we will not be able to issue the decision by the target date of 28 April as previously notified. I realise that this will come as a disappointment to you, but I can assure you that a decision will be issued as soon as possible after the local election period in May. 

Yours faithfully

 Robert Putnam

Department for Communities and Local Government


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