Stansted Airport announces opinion sessions ahead of submitting proposals to increase passenger cap to 44.5 million a year

PUBLISHED: 12:32 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 29 June 2017

Stansted Airport is holding public sessions to get views on its latest proposals this month. Picture: MAG

Stansted Airport is holding public sessions to get views on its latest proposals this month. Picture: MAG

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Stansted Airport will host a series of community events in nearby towns and villages next month, to hear what residents think about its plans to increase passenger and flight caps.

The news comes after the airport announced plans to submit a planning application to Uttlesford District Council, in which it proposes to lift the passenger cap of 35 million a year to 44.5 million by 2030.

It also hopes to increase aircraft movements from 274,000 a year to 285,000, meaning the airport would offer an extra 11,000 flights every 12 months.

Ahead of its submission, staff will be hosting eight exhibitions in areas including Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, and Braintree, to hear what residents think.

“Stansted will be critical in supporting the UK’s economic growth and increasing our global competitiveness,” Stansted Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan, said.

“Making the most of existing capacity at Stansted over the next 10-15 years is a strategic priority and we want to hear what people across our region think.

“We are committed to meeting future demand in the most sustainable and efficient way possible.

“In the coming weeks and months we will be continuing to talk to those with an interest in Stansted’s growth, including local residents, businesses and airline partners to ensure we maximise the social and economic benefits and address any impacts.”

Growth at Stansted Airport is already an issue for some residents, and the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign has been running since 2002.

A spokesman previously said the group was against the latest proposals because they will have a negative impact on noise and air quality for residents.

Mr Cowan added: “We know that growth is a sensitive and important issue for people living close to airports and we are committed to engaging, listening and sharing as much information as possible as we develop our plans.”

Following the submission of the planning application, the district council will carry out another public consultation to decide whether to grant its permission.

The exhibitions will be on:

- July 6 at Hatfield Heath Institute, 2A Broomfields, from 3pm to 8pm

- July 8 at Foakes Hall, 47 Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, from 10am to 3pm

- July 10 at St John’s Church Hall, Stansted Mountfitchet, from 3pm to 7pm

- July 12 at Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, from 3pm to 8pm

- July 14 at the Silver Jubilee Hall, Dunmow Road, Takeley, from 4pm to 8pm

- July 15 at Bolford Street Hall, Bolford Street, Thaxted, from 12pm to 4pm

- July 17 at the Town Hall, Market Sqaure, Saffron Walden, from 3pm to 8pm

- July 19 at the Methodist Church, 34B South Street, Bishop’s Stortford, from 3pm to 8pm

Those unable to attend can share their views at ourstansted.com or by emailing consultation@stanstedairport.com.

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