The Planning Committee at Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) led Uttlesford District Council has refused the proposed expansion of Stansted Airport.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG), who own and operate Stansted Airport, submitted a planning application to Uttlesford District Council to expand the airport capacity to more than 43 million passengers a year. The proposal would more than double passenger numbers from the 18 million a year that used the airport when MAG took it over in 2013. By comparison 78 million passengers use Heathrow and 46 million Gatwick, both of which currently have 2 runways.
In a statement after the decision R4U’s Cllr John Lodge, Leader at Uttlesford District Council said:
“Crucially any expansion is incompatible with the council’s own Climate & Environmental Emergency, and at odds with the government’s carbon net-zero 2050 target. The airport is a for-profit business and it needs to play its part. It is likely that the airport’s owners will appeal this decision, leading to the first test case that pits the demands of the private transport sector against the moral imperative on us all to halt climate change. If that happens we would hope that environmental groups would join the defence of any appeal.”