Unreasonable behaviour

unreasonable-behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour

Unreasonable behaviour
2021-05-27 11:58:00
“Unreasonable behaviour”: these were the words used by the Panel of Planning Inspectors to describe the conduct of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) in their formal ruling, dated 26 May, which approved an increase in Stansted Airport’s planning cap from 35 million to 43 million passengers per annum (‘mppa’).   This followed a Public Inquiry which ran from 12 January to 12 March 2021, involving three main parties, namely UDC, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE).  (Note that SSE has since been succeeded by Stansted Airport Watch (SAW). Commenting on the outcome of the Public Inquiry, SAW Chairman Brian Ross, said: “We are, of course, disappointed but we are not at all surprised, bearing in mind that the Council’s planning officers made no real attempt to defend the decision of their own Planning Committee.  We will carefully review the Panel’s ruling and discuss with our legal advisers before deciding whether to seek leave to appeal.” The approval comes despite UDC’s Planning Committee having last year voted unanimously to refuse MAG’s application for further expansion of Stansted.   .Tweet     “UNREASONABLE BEHAVIOUR” PRESS RELEASE – 28 May 2021   From Stansted Airport Watch (incorporating Stop Stansted Expansion) These were the words used by the Panel of Planning Inspectors to describe the conduct of Uttlesford District Council (UDC) in their formal ruling, dated 26 May, which approved an increase in Stansted Airport’s planning cap from 35 million to 43 million passengers per annum (‘mppa’). This followed a Public Inquiry which ran from 12 January to 12 March 2021, involving three main parties, namely UDC, Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE).  (Note that SSE has since been succeeded by Stansted Airport Watch (SAW), as set out in its press release of 17 April see https://stanstedairportwatch.com/news/press-releases/.) Commenting on the outcome of the Public Inquiry, SAW Chairman Brian Ross, said: “We are, of course, disappointed but we are not at all surprised, bearing in mind that the Council’s planning officers made no real attempt to defend the decision of their own Planning Committee.” Brian Ross added: “We will carefully review the Panel’s ruling and discuss with our legal advisers before deciding whether to seek leave to appeal.” Stansted handled 28mppa in 2019 but the Covid-19 pandemic has decimated passenger numbers and in the past 12 months Stansted handled just 3mppa.  Commentators take the view that it will take up to ten years before international air travel returns to pre-pandemic levels. Some believe th

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