London Stansted planning application approved by Uttlesford Council
London Stansted Airport has been given the go-ahead to begin an expansion project which will boost the region’s economic growth and create 5,000 new jobs.
Uttlesford District Council has approved London Stansted Airport’s planning application to increase the capacity of the airport. This will increase the number of passengers the airport permitted to serve to 43 million a year.
With this approval from the council, growth is expected to jump from 35 million to 43 million passengers a year. Making best use of capacity will support international connectivity, including more long-haul routes. The growth will be accompanied by comprehensive package of community measures to ensure that the surrounding area does not feel the negative effects of the expansion. The growth is to be delivered within existing flights limits and a smaller noise footprint than previous permissions required.
Ken O’ Toole, CEO of London Stansted, said: “We are delighted that Uttlesford District Council has approved our planning application to enable the airport to grow over the next decade. This will boost our region’s economic growth and deliver 5,000 additional jobs at London Stansted Airport. The decision offers London Stansted and its airline partners the long-term clarity we need to make further investment decisions at the airport but also importantly provides the local community with the assurance that our future growth will be delivered in a measured and sustainable way.
“From the outset our local community has been a vital partner in this planning process and it was their feedback which lead us to put forward a proposal which did not seek an increase in the number of flights and committed to deliver the growth within a smaller noise footprint than our existing permissions require. The decision is great news for the airport, our staff and the growth ambitions of the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the U.S. The combination of the strong economic health of our catchment, our available runway capacity, the £600 million investment we are making in our facilities and the continuing desire of local residents to travel by air by London Stansted, will collectively ensure that the airport has a bright future. I’d like to thank the hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners who have passionately backed our plans and I look forward to working with them all as we move into the next phase of our future.”