The decision on Stansted Airport’s planning application has been pushed back following a request from Stop Stansted Expansion to allow sufficient time to address planning committee members at one of the forthcoming public speaking sessions.
Uttlesford District Council (UDC) and Manchester Airports Group (MAG), the owners of Stansted Airport, have succumbed to pressure to provide more information about the local impacts of the current Stansted Airport planning application.
Stansted Airport bosses have welcomed more than 650 responses of support for the airport’s expansion plans, but campaigners say the “spin doctors” did not point out that 615 of the responses were almost identical computer-generated e-mails.
The owners of Stansted Airport have stressed that they are not seeking any change to current night flight limits at the site, after campaigners claimed they were trying to overturn the current legal conditions.
A campaign group aiming to stop the expansion of Stansted Airport has accused Uttlesford District Council and the owners of the airport of having a “cash for favours” secret agreement over a recently-submitted planning application.
Stansted Airport has applied to increase the current cap on annual passenger numbers from 35 million to 43 million passengers a year in what campaigners say is a ‘sweetheart’ deal with local planning authorities to avoid government scrutiny.
Campaigners opposed to an increase in the cap on passengers numbers at Stansted claim that new Government forecasts for growth in air travel undermine the case for expansion put forward by the airport’s owner.