Hertfordshire County Council responds to Stansted Airport planning application

Published: 08 Oct 2018

Hertfordshire County Council has responded to a planning application to grow London Stansted Airport to 43 million passengers per annum. Stansted Airport Limited submitted a planning application to Uttlesford District Council to increase the throughput of London Stansted Airport from the current permitted level of 35 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 43 mppa.

The county council wants to ensure that issues such as noise, air quality and the impact on roads leading to the airport are properly considered, alongside any economic benefits.

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy, said: “The potential environmental impact of expanding an already busy airport is a major concern for our residents. We’re asking Uttlesford District Council to impose suitable restrictions and conditions to make sure our environment and communities are protected.

“We also want Stansted Airport to agree to pay for improvements to roads and public transport so the extra passengers a year can get to the airport without putting pressure on local roads. We particularly want to see a 24 hour bus service running to the airport to and from the west across Hertfordshire so passengers catching early or late flights can leave their cars at home. We’re improving the roads to Stansted, for example by building a bypass around Little Hadham on the A120, but we can’t just keep building new roads, we need to improve public transport as well.”

“There’s an obvious economic opportunity here for the county and we want to grasp that. We’re committed to working with Stansted Airport to build a strong economic relationship that will benefit Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses while protecting our environment and communities.”

Hertfordshire County Council has been working with East Herts District Council, Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council and Stansted Airport to understand the potential impact expanding the airport would have on the surrounding area. Technical work and specialist experts have demonstrated that the impact on noise, air quality and traffic are all manageable as long as suitable conditions are put in place.