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Uttlesford District Council has today declared that it will launch a robust defence to BAA’s appeal against yesterday’s decision to refuse an application to expand the use of the existing runway at Stansted Airport.

Saffron Walden, 30 November 2006. Uttlesford District Council has expressed disappointment at BAA’s decision to appeal against yesterday’s unanimous decision by Council members to turn down an application to expand use of the existing runway at Stansted airport.

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 “It has been vital for us to examine the application carefully and with the utmost vigour. The work that has been done over the last six months in conducting an open and transparent process with maximum involvement of all interested parties, in order to examine the evidence has therefore been of vast importance. This brought us to a position where we were able to make a decision that will stand up to close scrutiny. We are therefore confident that we can defend our decision rigorously.”

When the appeal is formally lodged UDC and their legal advisors will examine the grounds on which it is based and will launch a robust defence.

Yesterday’s decision by Council members was based on the recommendation of Council planning officers. The officers’ full report is available via under the heading ’21 November - Officer Recommendation’.

Press contact:

Gill Kirk
Tel: 01442 878588


Peter Hayward
Tel: 01442 878005

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