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Consultation over Stansted Airports growth plans
Consultation over Stansted Airports growth plans

Bishop's Stortford residents will be able to learn more about Stansted Airport's plans to handle 43m passengers a year at a special feedback event in the town.

Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport

Manchester Airports Group’s team will be at St Michael’s Church, Windhill on Thursday, November 23, from 4pm to 8pm to discuss revised proposals for future growth over the next decade - within current flight and environmental limits for 35m passengers a year.

Bishop’s Stortford is one of three locations where management will report back on consultation with the community over the summer.

Currently, around 26m passengers use the airport each year – an increase of nearly 10m passengers over the past five years - but Stansted’s growth potential is currently limited by a planning cap which would prevent the airport handling more than 35m passengers per annum.

The airport had applied to expand to 44.5m but following feedback at the consultation events, Stansted will now seek to raise the cap to 43m and claims the reduction will enable growth to be met without increasing the number of aircraft movements that are currently permitted to operate each year or the size of the airport’s approved noise ‘footprint’. Previously it anticipated 285,000 flights a year, up 11,000 on the current maximum.

Stansted Airport
Stansted Airport

Paul Willis, Stansted Airport’s transformation director, said: “Our consultation events over the summer were attended by over 700 people and provided us with invaluable feedback on our responsible growth and investment plans, and our aim to further increase the choice of destinations served at Stansted.

“While there was wide community support for the benefits that growth would bring, local residents were concerned about the proposal to increase the number of flights that the airport is permitted to operate each year. We’ve listened carefully to those concerns and made changes to our plans so growth can be met within the current flight and environmental limits.

“We believe this is good news for local residents but feel it’s right and appropriate that we continue to engage and provide our neighbours with the opportunity to find out more information and raise any further questions they may have.

“We have chosen locations where residents showed the most interest in our plans and would urge as many people as possible to come along so we can listen to their views and share more details before we submit the final planning application to Uttlesford District Council in early 2018.”

Paul Willis, Stansted Airports transformation director
Paul Willis, Stansted Airports transformation director

The other two events are:

Tuesday, November 21, 4pm to 8pm at Radisson Blu Hotel, Waltham Close, Stansted Airport, CM24 1PP (free parking is provided at the hotel);

Friday, December 1, 4pm to 8m at Talberd Room, Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG.



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