Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) believes that an increase in passenger numbers at Stansted Airport to the size of Gatwick is incompatible with the UK’s new Sixth Carbon Budget law, which caps emissions to 78% below 1990 levels. In light of the new law, the local residents’ party, which leads Uttlesford District Council, says it backs the actions of the Council’s legal team which last week wrote to the Planning Inspectors to urge that they schedule a further hearing to consider this new evidence as part of the ongoing planning appeal.
Cllr John Evans continued “More passengers mean more planes, which means more pollution. In 1990, passenger numbers at Stansted were 1.2 million a year. The airport wants to expand to more than 42 million a year. Even though some planes are less polluting than in the past, a thirty-five-fold increase over the 1990 level is incompatible with the new law.”
R4U’s Cllr Louise Pepper concluded “At R4U we welcome the law change, the closing of the loophole, and back UDC’s legal team for asking the Inspectors for an additional hearing. We believe that UDC’s legal defence, which was already based on four solid refusal reasons including emissions, has now been significantly strengthened.”