March 12, 2008
BAA has submitted a set of planning applications for expansion at Stansted airport that would allow for a huge increase in passenger numbers in coming decades. Proposals include a second runway, an expansion of airport facilities, new access roads and additional public transport. Applications will follow, says BAA, for the removal of ‘listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments’.
Campaigners argue that the plans would create an airport bigger than the current Heathrow site and believe that BAA’s application plays down the increases in air traffic that could result from a second runway. BAA suggests that annual passenger capacity could grow from the current 25 million to around 68 million by 2030.
A public enquiry is expected, but responses to the current planning application should be made to Uttlesford District Council.
For guidance on how to respond to planning applications, see chapter 4 of AEF’s online planning handbook at https://www.aef.org.uk/uploads/PlanningGuide4.pdf