Anger as Eric Pickles rubber-stamps plans for new Radlett Freight Terminal

Campaigners say “the world has ended” after plans to build a new freight terminal on a patch of green belt were given the go-ahead.  

Earlier today, Eric Pickles rubber stamped controversial plans to build the new terminal despite objections from residents, politicians and councils.

Five big warehouses as well as a railway line will be built near Park Street, St Albans.

Clive Glover, of Woodfield Road, Radlett, branded the proposals “appalling” after the shock announcement.

The father-of-two added: “The world has ended or people living in Park Street – life with the terminal will be hell, it really will. I am disgusted.

“It is a huge development and will completely alter the view for people in the area. It will cause a huge increase in traffic every day with people getting to work there.

“The road from Elstree roundabout to Park Street is chaotic enough as it is in the mornings, this will make that so much worse.

“But what gets me the most is that they usually build these terminals in areas of high unemployment, which we do not have in Radlett."

Mr Glover suggested the terminal could have been built further from London.

He added: “In Luton, however, there is high unemployment – and they actually wanted a freight terminal there.

“I especially cannot believe this has been accepted, given the fact that it is on the green belt site.”

Earlier this week, Mr Pickles announced there was “no need” to carry out a public inquiry into the proposals, described as the “biggest planning application Hertfordshire has ever seen”.

Hertsmere MP James Clappison said it was a “massive blow” to the community after five years of campaigning against the proposals.

He added: “We have been campaigning for this for five years, and I still maintain that building on the green belt is totally wrong.

“I think it is a deeply flawed decision which will, unfortunately, cause significant damage to the land and those who opposite it have my full support.

“I am surprised and disappointed about this – it appears perverse to launch a consultation on a proposed course of action and to take a completely different course irrespective of its outcome.”

He added he has written to planning minister Nick Boles to register his disappointment and to seek a fuller explanation of the circumstances.

Hertsmere Borough Council contributed £30,000 to the cost of St Albans District Council's fight against the plans.

Hertsmere leader, Councillor Morris Bright, said: “It is beginning to feel as if the Government has slammed the door firmly shut now by taking this decision, but we will continue to offer our support to St Albans as they consider their next options.

“I am naturally disappointed by the announcement. We have had more than 150 objections to the scheme."

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6:18pm Fri 21 Dec 12

wearethewood says...

All the unemployed in hertsmere are cheering the decision. Clappison and his mates from radlett ha ha ha. More houses on the wood we need jobs
All the unemployed in hertsmere are cheering the decision. Clappison and his mates from radlett ha ha ha. More houses on the wood we need jobs wearethewood
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7:20pm Fri 21 Dec 12

TFEB says...

The site of the old Radlett airfield is not in Radlett nor even in the borough of Hertsmere.
The site of the old Radlett airfield is not in Radlett nor even in the borough of Hertsmere. TFEB
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9:15pm Sat 22 Dec 12

studio 70 says...

Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves.
Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves. studio 70
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9:47am Wed 26 Dec 12

mr.taxpayer says...

studio 70 wrote:
Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves.
I think it's a good decision this terminal will bring lots of jobs in the long term as well as bring investment to the area's road and rail network.

You will always get people objecting to stuff, but the people of Radlett will just have to get used to it ( not that I can see it affecting their daily lives in any way).

After all, there's plenty of developments in Borehamwood of recent years that the locals weren't too happy about but still happened... (Yavneh College for one)...
[quote][p][bold]studio 70[/bold] wrote: Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves.[/p][/quote]I think it's a good decision this terminal will bring lots of jobs in the long term as well as bring investment to the area's road and rail network. You will always get people objecting to stuff, but the people of Radlett will just have to get used to it ( not that I can see it affecting their daily lives in any way). After all, there's plenty of developments in Borehamwood of recent years that the locals weren't too happy about but still happened... (Yavneh College for one)... mr.taxpayer
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10:53am Wed 26 Dec 12

studio 70 says...

mr.taxpayer wrote:
studio 70 wrote: Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves.
I think it's a good decision this terminal will bring lots of jobs in the long term as well as bring investment to the area's road and rail network. You will always get people objecting to stuff, but the people of Radlett will just have to get used to it ( not that I can see it affecting their daily lives in any way). After all, there's plenty of developments in Borehamwood of recent years that the locals weren't too happy about but still happened... (Yavneh College for one)...
Blimey Taxi driver man- I expected better from you.
I was actually taking the pee out of the objectors- It is a very good thing and I applaude mr Pickles for just getting on with it and not buckling to the Radlett whiners,
[quote][p][bold]mr.taxpayer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]studio 70[/bold] wrote: Maybe some of those poor unemployed folk from Luton could get special day passes to enter the kingdom of Radlett to work at the terminal, it would be nice for them to see how good and decent employed people live; it could inspire them to better themselves.[/p][/quote]I think it's a good decision this terminal will bring lots of jobs in the long term as well as bring investment to the area's road and rail network. You will always get people objecting to stuff, but the people of Radlett will just have to get used to it ( not that I can see it affecting their daily lives in any way). After all, there's plenty of developments in Borehamwood of recent years that the locals weren't too happy about but still happened... (Yavneh College for one)...[/p][/quote]Blimey Taxi driver man- I expected better from you. I was actually taking the pee out of the objectors- It is a very good thing and I applaude mr Pickles for just getting on with it and not buckling to the Radlett whiners, studio 70
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