Southampton Airport runway decision put back to 8th April after…

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Southampton Airport runway decision put back to 8th April after rejection by Eastleigh’s Local Area Committee
2021-03-27 08:09:00
Plans to extend Southampton Airport’s runway have been rejected by Eastleigh’s Local Area Committee, which voted 5 to 3 against the 164m (538ft) extension – which would allow longer-haul flights (and so increase carbon emissions). The matter will now go to a full council meeting on 8 April where the proposals will finally be decided. Eastleigh planning officers recommended to approve the expansion, despite finding the number of people affected by airport noise would go up from 11,450 in 2020 to 46,050 in 2033.  One councillor said: “It’s a matter of balance, it’s balancing the economy, jobs, the future of our planet.”  Another said: “By refusing this application we will not be closing the airport. By voting for refusal we are simply stopping the dramatic impact on carbon emissions.” Campaigners – including naturalist Chris Packham – had objected to the expansion since it was officially proposed in 2019 and there have since been four public consultations.  Local authorities, including Southampton and Winchester city councils, Test Valley Borough Council, four parish councils, as well as Bournemouth Airport, Southern Gas Networks and Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership, all objected to the plans on the grounds of noise and climate change. .Tweet   Southampton Airport runway decision put back after rejection 26.3.2021 By Roger Harrabin (BBC) Plans to extend Southampton Airport’s runway have been rejected by planning chiefs after a two-day meeting. Eastleigh’s Local Area Committee voted five to three against the 164m (538ft) extension to allow longer-haul flights. The matter will now go to a full council meeting on 8 April where the proposals will finally be decided. Airport bosses said it was “vital” for the site’s future but campaigners and some local authorities have raised big objections over noise and pollution. Responding to the vote, airport operations director Steve Szalay said: “The committee… has gone against the majority of Eastleigh residents who expressed their support during the consultation. “However, this is far from over. We now welcome the opportunity to present our plans to the full council.” Naturalist Chris Packham recorded a message urging councillors to reject the bigger runway Writing on Twitter, action group Airport Expansion Opposition (AXO) said: “Just wow. Thank you so much everyone who made their feelings known and especially those brave councillors who chose to go against the officer recommendation. “The tide is turning. This is not the end. But it’s worth celebrating now.” Planning officers recommended to approve the expansion, despite finding the number of people affected by airport noise would go up from 11,450 in 2020 to 46,050 in 2033. But they also emphasised it would create more than 1,000 jobs and contribute to the local economy. In the

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