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High Court challenge to sale of Radlett Airfield dismissed

A High Court challenge to the sale of the Radlett Airfield site by Hertfordshire County Council has been dismissed.

The former airfield is part of a site that has been earmarked for a strategic rail freight interchange (SRFI). In June last year Hertfordshire County Council sold it to developers – for a reported £34m.

Campaigners have persistently claimed that the sale should not have been made by the county council in the way that it was. Earlier this week (June 11) they argued at a High Court hearing that the sale should be subject to a Judicial Review.


Yesterday (June 12) their application was dismissed. The decision has been welcomed by the county council, which had maintained that the decision to sell the land had followed all due process.

Following the judgment, a spokesperson for the county council said: “The decision taken by the Judge today to dismiss the case prior to a judicial review is welcome.

“And we will now turn our attention to working with the local district council to maximise the economic benefits that the sale will bring.”

Campaigner and St Albans councillor Nuala Webb – who presented the case to the High Court on behalf of the Save St Albans: Fight the Freight – says she is “bitterly disappointed”.

She says the campaign group are now waiting for the judgment to be published before determining if there is further action that they should take.

“We are waiting to see the transcript of the ruling and see what the options are – and whether there are any grounds to challenge this and whether that’s what the campaign group wants to do,” she said.

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