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Petition launched for Stansted application to be reconsidered


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HOW many passengers at Stansted?!

Campaigners are still pressing for the recent decision to approve passenger numbers at Stansted Airport from 35 million to 43 million a year to be reconsidered.
Stop Stansted Expansion has drafted a petition calling on that application to be referred back to Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee.
Last month’s dramatic change of control at the local authority, in which the ruling Conservatives were ousted by the Residents’ Association, has encouraged SSE in its belief that the decision can be overturned.
For the petition to be properly constituted, it must be signed by at least 50 individuals who are electors in the UDC area or signed by the chairman of at least five Uttlesford parish councils.
The petition reads: “The 2018 Stansted Airport Planning Application for 43mppa must now be referred back to the UDC Planning Committee for further consideration having regard to outstanding concerns as to the adequacy of the proposed Section 106 Agreement and to the new material considerations and changes in circumstances that have arisen since provisional approval was granted in November 2018.”
To sign this petition (and remember, you need to be on the Uttlesford electoral roll), click here

• Stansted Expansion is continuing its two legal challenges in the High Court (one against Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and the other against Communities Secretary James Brokenshire).
It hopes to force Mr Grayling or Mr Brokenshire (or both) to take direct charge of the Stansted planning application detailed above.
A directions hearing was due to be held last week (Thursday, June 6) at which it was hoped the judge would agree to combine the two challenges and set a date for a full hearing (likely to be no earlier than September).
There would, of course, be no need for a hearing should the UDC planning committee reverse its decision to back increased passenger numbers at the airport.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

• For more on the saga of this planning application, see here, herehere and here