Enhanced consultation arrangements for Stansted Airport planning application

Special meeting on 17 October

Enhanced consultation arrangements have been put in place in relation to the Stansted Airport planning application.

Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee was due to determine the planning application – which seeks to raise the current cap on the number of passengers the airport is permitted to serve from 35 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 43mppa – at a special meeting on 17 October.

However, the date of the committee meeting is being pushed back following a request from Stop Stansted Expansion to be allowed sufficient time to address Planning Committee members at one of the forthcoming additional public speaking sessions.

As a consequence of accommodating this request, officers expect to need extra time to address any technical issues that may arise from these enhanced consultation arrangements. In addition, the council will offer the applicant the opportunity to address the points raised during this consultation period.

The council is therefore trying to identify an alternative date for the special Planning Committee meeting. A further announcement will be made in due course.

Highways England had issued a Holding Directive which could have delayed the process, but it has on 2 October withdrawn the directive.

Public speaking sessions took place, on:

  • Tuesday 9 October – 10am-1pm
  • Wednesday 10 October – 2-5pm
  • Wednesday 10 October – 6-9pm

These sessions allowed members of the public more opportunity to express their views on the application directly to representatives of the Planning Committee. They were not an official Planning Committee meeting; however, all elected committee members had been invited to attend and listen to the comments made. Copies of the speeches will be also added to the Planning Committee report to be considered as supplementary representations when the committee meets to consider the application.

Like Planning Committee meetings, the sessions were recorded and broadcast live through www.audiominutes.com/udc.




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Posted on 08/09/2018