Officers recommend approval of airport plan as decision date approaches

PUBLISHED: 09:26 26 October 2018

Stansted Airport. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Stansted Airport. Picture: SAFFRON PHOTO

Saffron Photo 2018

Officers at Uttlesford District Council (UDC) have recommended conditional approval of Stansted Airport’s planning application to increase passenger numbers.

UDC’s planning committee is 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 meeting on November 14.

Ahead of the meeting, an officer’s report recommends approval of the application subject to S106 obligations, which includes requirements for the airport to carry out noise mitigation and transport improvement.

One of the airport’s S106 obligations would be to provide capacity and safety improvements for the M11 and associated junctions and provide funding for improvements to the local roads and bus networks. It would also need to commit to improving the bus and coach station at the airport.

If approved, Stansted Airport would also be required to provide, support and maintain a package of measures to secure local socio-economic benefits, such as the Airport Employment Academy, Aerozone and Stansted Airport College, and provide funding for a public health and well-being projects.

One of the conditions of approval set out in the officer’s report aims to mitigate a predicted increase in air pollution - within six months of approval, a scheme for the installation of electric vehicle charging points at the airport should be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

Another approval condition to protect local residents requires Stansted Airport to submit a noise reduction strategy when the number of annual passengers reaches 35million or by December 31, 2024, whichever comes first.

A spokesman for Stansted Airport said it was pleased with the officer’s report and looked forward to the decision being made.

“We are pleased that the UDC officer’s report recommends approval of our planning application to increase passenger numbers within current flight and noise limits, subject to S106 legal obligations,” the spokesman said.

“This is an important step in the process and we look forward to the public speaking sessions on November 6 and 7 and then a decision being made by the planning committee the following week.”

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