BSCF letter to Uttlesford District Council on planning application by Stansted Airport

The Planning Department
Council Offices
London Road
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4ER
22 March 2018

Dear Sir or Madam

PLANNING APPLICATION BY STANSTED AIRPORT
Your ref: UTT/18/0460/FUL UTT/18/0460/FUL

I am writing on behalf of Bishop's Stortford Civic Federation about this application by Stansted Airport to increase its capacity to 43 million passengers per year (mppa) – compared with the 26 mppa who used it last year.

Bishop's Stortford is the largest community close to the airport which is affected by the airport’s activities. While residents may enjoy the travel and job opportunities which the airport creates, we are also the ones who suffer most from the adverse impacts of the airport – noise pollution, traffic congestion, fly parking and pressure on housing, medical and other social infrastructure.

As planning authority, Uttlesford may be aware of these impacts beyond its own boundaries but has no duty to take account of them in determining the application and no ability to compel mitigation measures to be applied within the area of a neighbouring authority should planning permission be granted. We are therefore writing in support of Stop Stansted Expansion’s application to the Secretary of State to have this application determined nationally, so that the impacts which will undoubtedly spread beyond the boundaries of your own authority can be properly evaluated and tested. We hope that you too will agree that the implications of this application extend beyond the competence of Uttlesford as local planning authority and will support the request to have the application determined nationally.

I am copying this letter to Mark Prisk MP with the request that he too invites the Secretary of State to call in the application for national determination.

Yours Faithfully

JOHN RHODES
PRESIDENT