Eastleigh Council may make decision on Southampton…

Eastleigh Council may make decision on Southampton runway extension in March
2021-01-16 10:17:00
A final decision by Eastleigh Council, on plans to lengthen the runway by 164 metres (538ft)  at Southampton Airport, could be made by March. The aim is to be able to accommodate larger planes, such as A320s and Boeing 737s for yet more holiday flights, to yet more destinations.  The airport said it expects “to submit additional information regarding its runway extension application to Eastleigh Borough Council later this month. A new public consultation will then follow.”  A council decision, after the consultation, could be by mid-March. Opponents are very aware that the extension will negatively impact the area due to increased noise, and there will be increased carbon emissions. At the start of December 2020 Southampton City Council objected to the proposals on the grounds of noise and climate change.  The airport had around 1.78 million passengers in 2019 (barely higher than in 2009, though the peak was around 2 million in 2017. It hopes to get 3 million annual passengers by 2033.  .Tweet     Date set for final decision on long-running Southampton Airport runway expansion saga Similar plans have already been rejected once, on noise and climate change grounds 15.1.2021 By Maria Zaccaro, Local Democracy Reporter   Hampshire Live  A final decision on plans to expand the runway at Southampton Airport could be made by March, it has been revealed. The proposals to expand the runway by 164m (538ft) were expected to be discussed in December last year. The expansion of the runway would accommodate planes such as the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737. But the final decision on the scheme was pushed back as airport bosses asked to add further information to the plans. Members of the Eastleigh Local Area Committee will be asked to make a decision on the controversial scheme. In a statement a spokesperson for the airport said: “Southampton Airport expect to submit additional information regarding its runway extension application to Eastleigh Borough Council later this month. “A new public consultation will then follow, where the local community and stakeholders will again be invited to share their feedback on its updated proposals ahead of a committee decision, which we anticipate will be in mid-March.” The news comes as the plans proved to be controversial and sparked a heated debate among resid

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