Bid to block expansion of Stansted, to 43mppa, hits the…

bid-to-block-expansion-of-stansted,-to-43mppa,-hits-the…

Bid to block expansion of Stansted, to 43mppa, hits the…

Bid to block expansion of Stansted, to 43mppa, hits the final buffers
2021-10-07 22:43:00
Uttlesford District Council (UDC) had applied to the High Court to judicially review the decision by the planning inspectorate, to allow expansion of Stansted, citing noise and environmental concerns.  A High Court judge has now dismissed UDC’s challenge as “unarguable”, and awarded yet more costs against the authority.  UDC has decided not to challenge this decision.  UDC’s Planning Committee originally refused Stansted permission to boost capacity from 35mppa to 43mppa, in January 2020. (Earlier, in November 2018, UDC had approved the plan, when the council was under Conservative leadership).  Government inspectors then overturned the UDC decision in May 2021, after a process which cost Uttlesford taxpayers something approaching £2 million.  The Council had fought hard to prevent the increase in Stansted flights, largely due to the increased noise problem, as well as the higher carbon emissions. Local campaign, Stansted Airport Watch, says this latest rejection marks the end of the road for moves to block the expansion. However, with the Covid pandemic and growing awareness of climate breakdown, Stansted may never actually reach 43mppa anyway.  .Tweet     Bid to block airport expansion reaches the end of the runway By Will Durrant  (Saffron Walden Reporter) October 7, 2021 Councillors will not contest a High Court ruling which lets Stansted Airport increase its capacity by eight million passengers per year. Uttlesford District councillors agreed to end their attempts to block the airport’s plan to build nine new aircraft stands at a meeting yesterday (October 6). Councillors insisted that the process so far – which is rumoured to have cost £2.5 million – is money well spent to secure a green future for children in the region. But opposition councillors have disagreed and called on senior UDC politicians to apologise for a “waste” of taxpayers’ money. Residents for Uttlesford councillor Louise Pepper, who is responsible for green issues at UDC, said there was no cause for regret. Cllr Pepper said: “This was not a politicised planning application, it was a moral obligation to secure our children’s future.” She added: “The cost to the planet far outweighs the cost to our council. Another Stansted review could cost UDC £100,000 – IF Uttlesford wins “Stansted Airport is our biggest CO2 emitter in the East, but rather conveniently, it is not included in our district’s carbon accounting because it is out of our scope.” The council’s Planning Committee originally denied Stansted Airport permission to boost capacity. But government inspectors overturned the council’s judgement in May after a process which cost Uttlesford taxpayers £1,034,000 – plus £15,000 to cover Stansted Airport’s appeal costs. The council asked the High Court to review the decision citing noise and environmental concerns, a request which judges denied. Councillors have accepted the ruling, which has been hailed a “disaster”. Cllr George Smith (Conservatives) said: “The total £2.5 million could have been better spent on so many council services. “The taxpayers deserve an apology from this council for the waste of that money.” Cllr Smith said council leaders should accept responsibility for the result. He said: “It is not fair to argue that the government and the inspectors did not consider the environment.” Cllr Paul Fairhurst, who was an R4U member before defecting to the Greens in 2019, tabled a vote calling for senior R4U politicians to resign at the meeting. He said: “This is a disaster. Our every request for explanation and clarification was met with ‘legal privilege’ or simply – ‘members have no role in these proceedings’.” Cllr Fairhurst claimed an emergency meeting to discuss the plans took a month t

Read More


Share this post