SIFE remains “in abeyance”

The Planning Department has given Colnbrook Views a heads-up that the SIFE application remains active.


If you assumed that because Heathrow has proposed Goodman’s site as one of its preferences for a Third Runway SIFE is now off the agenda, you’d be wrong.  SBC have confirmed that the proposed Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE) development remains active.

The appeal for SIFE has remained ‘in abeyance’, according to SBC, because all parties agree it makes sense “to wait until there has been a decision on the potential alternative site for rail freight at Radlett”.

St Albans District Council was refused permission on Friday 30 August to proceed with its Judicial Review application.  The application challenged the Secretary of State’s change of mind when he decided not to hold a “conjoined” application for Radlett and Colnbrook after previously indicating that was his preferred course of action.

On September 5 the council issued a statement to say that it would not seek leave to appeal against the Judge’s decision.

Eric Pickles gave a “minded to approve” provisional decision on December 20 last year, and has extended the deadline for submission of “a satisfactory planning obligation” to 14 November 2013.

St Albans says simply:

The Council will consider its response to the Secretary of State’s final decision on the SRFI when it is issued.

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