Extension granted on second runway proposal at Stansted - Stansted Airport News

Airport news for Stansted on 02/06/2008.

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The final decision to approve or reject the plan for a second runway at Stansted Airport has been delayed as the deadline for formal responses to the proposal from international parties has been extended to September 26th.

The Uttlesford council is responsible for reviewing the proposal which was submitted by the British Airports Authority. The proposal asks the council for permission to construct a second terminal building and a second runway at Stansted Airport. Not only does the proposal have to be reviewed by the local council, but it is also subject to a public inquiry and a ruling by ministers.

The proposal suggests a £2.5billion development which would increase the capacity of the airport to 68 million passengers a year by the year 2030. According to BAA, the expansion would create an additional 13,000 jobs by 2030 and inject an additional £9billion a year into the British economy.

But according to six local authorities in Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire, another runway at what is already the third busiest airport in the country would put local services under an “unbearable strain”

The extension was granted due to a large number of requests for more time to consider the large amount of material submitted by BAA along with their planning applications for the second runway.

The head of planning and housing strategy for Uttlesford District Council, Roger Harborough, said: “We have therefore decided to extend the consultation period by three months and the new closing date for submissions is now September 26, making an allowance for the intervening peak holiday period.

“The new deadline relates to all planning and listed building consent applications comprising the Generation 2 (runway bid) package submitted to the council for determination.”

The campaign spokeswoman Stop Stansted Expansion, Carol Barbone, said: “The extended deadline of an extra three months is very welcome as there is an awful lot of documentation for people to work through before a challenge can be made. It is very important that members of the public take the time to respond to the plans and stop the proposed second runway.”

A spokesperson from BAA said: “While the extension to Uttlesford District Council's consultation period will allow some organisations more time to consider the G2 application and respond, we trust this delay will not adversely affect a start date for the inquiry.”

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