Decision on Stansted Airport planning application delayed again

PUBLISHED: 15:50 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:59 03 October 2018

The entrance to Stansted Airport

The entrance to Stansted Airport


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’s (UDC) planning committee was due to determine the planning application, which seeks to raise the current cap on the number of passengers the airport is permitted to serve from 35 million passengers per year to 43 million, at a special meeting on October 17.

UDC delayed the July 18 deadline because of the lack of information on sections of the application and Highways England had issued a directive to delay the decision due to road traffic concerns, however they withdrew it yesterday (October 2).

To accommodate the request from Stop Stansted Expansion, officers expect to need extra time to address any technical issues that may arise.

In addition, the council will offer the applicant the opportunity to address the points raised during this consultation period.

The council is now trying to identify an alternative date for the special planning committee meeting and a further announcement will be made in due course.

Stop Stansted Expansion has written to the secretary of state again urging him to call in the current Stansted Airport planning application.

The campaign group understands that UDC officers had intended to make a formal announcement on Monday (October 1) recommending approval of the application.

A spokesman for SSE said: “It must surely now be clear to everyone that Uttlesford District Council is over-stretched and under-resourced to deal with a planning application of this scale and complexity.

“It should be taken out of UDC’s hands and dealt with by the secretary of state.”

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