Speculator finally told to “Truck Off” as High Court says NO to SIFE – again

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.

Goodman told to "Truck Off": These stopSIFE banners were displayed around the village in 2010

Goodman told to “Truck Off”: These stopSIFE banners were displayed around the village in 2010

Goodman Logistics Development (UK) Ltd had asked a judge to order the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to reconsider its planning application proposed for land north of the A4 at Colnbrook.

The speculator, which has spent millions on the site, claimed that the decision to reject its planning application was “unlawful”, arguing that national policy had identified a “compelling need” for an expanded network of strategic rail-freight interchanges (SRFIs), and the Secretary of State had failed to apply Local Plan policy properly or give adequate reasons explaining his decision.

But the judge has now dismissed the company’s challenge.

The SlFE master plan (click to launch full size PDF version)

The SlFE master plan (click to launch full size PDF version)

The High Court action closely followed the Government’s decision to back a Heathrow Third Runway on the same site – which would have meant building the huge warehouses only to have them operational for a relatively short period before they would be pulled down.

Mr Justice Holgate said that, although Goodman had succeeded on some points of challenge, those points would not have changed the original decision to refuse permission.

He said that the Secretary of State would still have reached the decision to reject the plan as the overall benefits of the scheme were not as great as the overall harm it would cause.

The decision, which came last month, leaves Goodman, for now, with no further avenues to pursue.

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