Eastleigh BC confirms its decision to allow Southampton airport 164…

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Eastleigh BC confirms its decision to allow Southampton airport 164…

Eastleigh BC confirms its decision to allow Southampton airport 164 metre runway extension
2021-06-05 08:54:00
Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) has confirmed, on 3rd June, its decision to permit Southampton airport’s 164 metre runway extension. The PCU (Planning Casework Unit at the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government) had an informal agreement with Eastleigh to hold off on the decision while the Sec of State, Robert Jenrick, considered the call in request. The PCU said the planning permission would not be issued until the S106 Legal Agreement was completed. On 14 May EBC told the PCU that they had completed the S106 and would grant permission at the end of May unless they heard back to the contrary, from the PCU … which they didn’t. It is now too late for the application to be called in.  Extinction Rebellion Southampton said the Secretary of State must be held to account for his failure to act on climate grounds. Work on the runway extension could start later this summer. Campaigners have not confirmed whether they will challenge the final decision. .Tweet Work to extend Southampton Airport runway could start this summer 4th June 2021 (Daily Echo) By Maria Zaccaro @MariaDailyEcho, Local Democracy Reporter WORK to expand the runway at Southampton Airport could start as early as August this year, it has been revealed. Airport bosses have asked campaigners not to delay the work to expand the runway by 164m. It comes as Eastleigh Borough Council formally approved the plans on June 3 after it said the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) did not meet a council deadline to step in. But campaigners branded the decision as “devastating” and criticised the government. The borough council said in April it agreed to give the government time to review the proposals. The council said it then informed the ministry on May 14 that planning permission would be granted by the end of May. But the council said it received no response and plans were formally signed off on June 3. It comes as in an email sent to AXO on May 19 and seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, the government said: “The application is currently under consideration by the Secretary of State. The department has an agreement with Eastleigh Borough Council that it will not issue the decision notice, on the above application, until the Secretary of State has completed his consideration of the application.” In a statement AXO said: “We very much regret that the decision to extend the runway cannot now be called in as we do not believe it would have stood up to independent scrutiny.” Extinction Rebellion Southampton added: “For all those who value the most basic of human rights – to breathe clean air – the failure of the government to call in the proposal represents nothing less than a grievous crime against humanity. The Secretary of State must be held to account for his failure to act not only on the behalf of the citizens of the area but the most at-risk communities in the global South who will be directly affe

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