The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) has restated its opposition to a second runway at Stansted Airport following an announcement today of plans that would see the airport double in size.

BAA has published final proposals for a new runway and terminal that will allow the airport to grow its passenger numbers from 24 million last year to 68 million by 2030.  The plans will see the airport’s boundaries expand to cover a further 486 hectares of Essex countryside.

 

EERA has rejected the need for a second runway at Stansted in its draft East of England Plan, citing the unjustifiable and significant adverse environmental impacts, particularly in terms of carbon emissions and climate change.

 

In its proposed changes to the Plan announced last month, the Government confirmed that it supported the expansion and concluded that the East of England Plan “does not have a role in determining the rate of air traffic growth or runway provision” and proposed its airport policies only covers managing access to them and other associated impacts.

 

EERA Planning Panel Chair Cllr John Reynolds said: “We totally reject the need for a second runway at Stansted Airport which will be damaging to both the local and global environment.

 

“Government and BAA must listen to the view of local authorities and communities in the East of England who are united in their opposition to this massive expansion.”

 

The Government’s proposed changes to the draft East of England Plan, including its endorsement of the second runway at Stansted Airport, are now subject to a public consultation period ending on 9 March 2007.

 

The Regional Assembly will be considering its detailed response to the Government’s proposed changes to the Plan, including the issue of Stansted Airport, at its next meeting on Friday, 2nd February in Norwich.  Members of the public and media are welcome to attend.

 

For more information on attending the Assembly meeting in February 2007, please contact Kerry Allen, 01284 729427 or see www.eera.gov.uk.