Slough International Freight Exchange
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The Secretary of State's Decision
Dear All Residents
Please see below and the letter and links in-regards to the Government response to the S.I.F.E. application.
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 – SECTION 78 APPEAL BY GOODMAN LOGISTICS DEVELOPMENT (UK) LTD LAND NORTH OF A4 (COLNBROOK BYPASS), COLNBROOK, SLOUGH SL3 0FE APPLICATION: REF P/14961/000
1. I am directed by the Secretary of State to say that consideration has been given to the report of the Inspector, Diane Lewis BA (Hons), MCD, MA, LLM, MRTPI, who opened a public local inquiry on 8 September 2015 into your client’s appeal against a decision by Slough Borough Council (the Council) to refuse outline planning permission for the construction of a rail/road freight interchange comprising an intermodal terminal and Class B8 distribution units on land north of A4 (Colnbrook Bypass), Colnbrook, Slough in accordance with application Ref P/14961/000 dated 27 September 2010.
2. On 14 March 2012, the appeal was recovered for the Secretary of State's determination, in pursuance of section 79 of, and paragraph 3 to Schedule 6 to, the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. This was because the appeal concerns a proposal for development of major importance having more than local significance and because it is for significant development within the Green Belt.
Inspector’s recommendation and summary of the decision
4. The Inspector recommended that the appeal be dismissed and planning permission refused.
5. For the reasons given below, the Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector’s conclusions and agrees with her recommendation. He has decided to dismiss the appeal and refuse planning permission. A copy of the Inspector’s report (IR) is enclosed. All references to paragraph numbers, unless otherwise stated, are to that report.
To view the full report please click on below.
/Colnbrook-with-Poyle/UserFiles/Files/16-07-12 DL IR Colnbrook Slough 2171967.pdf
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Where will it be?
The SIFE plans are for land to the north of the A4 (Colnbrook Bypass).
The application site comprises approximately 58.5 hectares of land.
The site was previously used for gravel extraction in the 1950s and 1960s and as a landfill site in the 1970s and 1980s.
What is being proposed?
Goodman is planning to develop a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) at land to the north of the A4 at Colnbrook called the Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE).
SRFIs enable freight to be moved from road to rail and help achieve the Government’s sustainability goals. SIFE would comprise an intermodal terminal and distribution units. It would also include new areas of green space and landscaping, access, parking and servicing.
Goodman submitted an application to Slough Borough Council for the Slough International Freight Exchange (SIFE) in 2010 following a public consultation on the proposals. Slough Borough Council refused to grant planning permission in September 2011.
In 2012, Goodman submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government against the decision. A public inquiry into SIFE is due to take place in September 2015. Goodman submitted an updated Environmental Statement to the Planning Inspectorate earlier this year, which assesses the environmental effects of the proposal and has been updated from the 2010 application. It has been revised to take into account the latest legislation and policy and to update the baseline conditions for the environmental assessments. A further consultation on the updated Environmental Statement is taking place during May 2015.
Further information on the proposals can be at: http://sifeproject.co.uk/
The appeal hearing starts on 8th September 2015. Very, very soon.
"Stop SIFE Again” is made up of local community groups and The Parish Council.