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Uttlesford District Council has today refused BAA’s application to expand the use of the existing runway at Stansted Airport. The Council’s Development Control Committee voted unanimously to support the recommendation of planning officers that the application should be rejected.

Saffron Walden, 29 November 2006. BAA had submitted an application for planning permission to vary/remove conditions attached to its 2003 permission, which capped runway use at 25 million passengers per year. The application has been rigorously and transparently examined over the last six months by the Council’s Development Control Committee, with the conclusion that the evidence pointed clearly at a refusal. The DCC were unanimous in accepting the recommendation of planning officers.

Mark Gayler, Leader of Uttlesford District Council, said “The evidence is clear. The impact of the proposed increase in flights and passengers would have an unacceptable impact on noise levels, air quality and the overall quality of life. BAA has failed to address these issues in a sufficiently robust or sustainable manner through this application, and has also failed to produce adequate proposals to improve the rail service and show how they would deal with increased road traffic in a sustainable way.”

BAA will now decide whether they will lodge an appeal against the decision.

The officers’ full report is available via under the heading ’21 November - Officer Recommendation’.

Press contacts:

Gill Kirk
Tel: 01442 878588


Peter Hayward
Tel: 01442 878005

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