Stansted wins appeal, against refusal by Uttlesford Council, of its…

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Stansted wins appeal, against refusal by Uttlesford Council, of its…

Stansted wins appeal, against refusal by Uttlesford Council, of its plans to increase capacity to 43 million passengers per year
2021-05-26 22:17:00
Expansion plans for Stansted Airport have been approved by the Planning Inspectorate (PI) after an appeal.  In January 2020 Uttlesford District Council (UDC) rejected proposals to increase Stansted’s passenger cap from 35 million to 43 million a year. However, the councillors voted against the advice of council officers, who had recommended approval of proposals. The council had originally approved the plan, in November 2018 but only by the casting vote of the chairman; many councillors then had not read, or properly understood, all the documents. Then after the Residents for Uttlesford group took control from the Conservatives in May 2019, the decision was referred back to the planning committee – the rejection decision. Stansted already had permission to increase capacity from 28 million to 35 million passengers per year.  The airport appealed against the decision, despite Covid and the near collapse of air travel in 2020.  A public inquiry was held in January to March 2021 by the Planning Inspectorate.  In its decision, the PI said:  “there would be a limited degree of harm arising in respect of air quality and carbon emissions” but that was “far outweighed by the benefits of the proposal”. UDC has also been ordered to pay the costs of Stansted’s appeal. .Tweet Stansted Airport wins planning appeal over expansion plans 26.5.2021  (BBC) Expansion plans for Stansted Airport have been approved by the Planning Inspectorate after an appeal. Uttlesford District Council last year rejected proposals to increase the Essex airport’s passenger cap to 43 million a year. But it was against the advice of officers who recommended approval of proposals. London Stansted’s managing director, Steve Griffiths, said the airport “welcomed the decision”. He said the decision showed “planning permission should have been granted by the council and the appeal should not have been necessary”. The council had originally approved the plan, but after the Residents for Uttlesford group took control from the Conservatives in May 2019, the decision was referred back to the planning committee. The airport appealed against the decision and already had permission to increase capacity from 28 million to 35 million passengers. An inquiry was then held by the Planning Inspectorate, which included a visit to the site in March. In its decision, the Planning Inspectorate said: “Overall, the balance falls overwhelmingly in favour of the grant of planning permission.” The inspectors said “there would be a limited degree of harm arising in respect of air quality and carbon emissions” but that was “far outweighed by the benefits of the proposal”. Uttlesford District Council has also been ordered to pay the costs of Stansted’s appeal. The council has been contacted for comment. Campaign group, Stop Stansted Expansion, issued the following preliminary press comment: “Of course we are disappointed but we are not at all surprised bearing in mind the failure of Uttlesford District Council to defend their own decision. To quote from the Inspector’s decision letter: “The Council’s own appeal evidence was that the planning balance was favourable, such that planning permission should be granted.” We have had preliminary discussions with our legal advisers and we will now study the ruling very carefully before deciding whether to seek leave to appeal. Our expectation is that Uttlesford District Council will want to appeal because they are now facing a substantial costs award for “unreasonable behaviour” in failing to defend t

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