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St Albans council refused judicial review over rail depot again

A council has been blocked for a second time from taking legal action against the government for not reviewing plans to build a rail depot.

St Albans Council had permission for a judicial review of the communities secretary's decision to approve the Radlett Airfield plans refused in June.

It wanted the planning inquiry reopened and looked at in conjunction with a similar scheme in Berkshire.

The second application has been rejected by the High Court.

The judge, Mr Justice Collins, ruled Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, was entitled to exercise discretion to reach his decision.

St Albans City and District Council said it would not appeal.

Planning permission for the depot, on green-belt land, was originally refused by St Albans Council in 2009.

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