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Local MP, Bim Afolami, and community groups ask Gove to call-in Luton expansion plans
2021-12-15 10:19:00
Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has called on the government to review plans to allow for a million more passengers per year through Luton Airport, rising from 18 million to 19 million. On 2nd December, Luton Borough Council (which owns the airport and decides its planning applications) approved the airport’s expansion plans and varying the noise conditions it operates under.  Now Bim Afolami has asked Communities Secretary Michael Gove, at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to “call-in” the decision. The DLUHC says it would consider requests for a call-in, taking the decision from the council, to government.  This is usually when an application has wider impacts than just the local area, which Luton’s extra flights definitely would. Another reason for call-in is if an application conflicts with a national policy – climate in this case. Bim said the decision to approve the expansion “completely ignores the environmental and cross-boundary impact”. Local groups, including the Luton and District Association for Control of Aircraft Noise (LADACAN) and Harpenden Sky, have also written to the Minister asking for call-in.  .Tweet   Luton Airport: MP asks for expansion plan to be called in 14.12.2021 (BBC) The cap on passenger numbers at London Luton Airport is rising to 19 million. An MP has called on the government to review plans to allow for a million more passengers through Luton Airport Earlier this month, Luton Borough Council approved the airport’s plans for expansion and to vary the noise conditions it operates under. Conservative MP Bim Afolami said he had asked Communities Secretary Michael Gove to “call-in” the decision. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) said it would consider requests for a call-in. The government has the power to “call in” planning applications that local authorities approve, and make the ultimate decision. This usually happens in cases where the decision may have wider effects beyond the immediate locality or potentially conflict with national policy The plans approved by the cou

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