| BAA'S SECOND RUNWAY PLANNING APPLICATION HISTORY
BAA WITHDRAWS ITS SECOND RUNWAY PLANNING APPLICATION
(24 May 2010)
BAA applied to develop a second runway at Stansted whic
would have make the airport bigger than Heathrow today, with:
More passengers: from 23 million today to 68 million
More planes: from 190,000 flights today to 490,000 flights
More land grab: from 6 square miles to 9 square miles
What was at stake
Noise, air quality, health, road congestion, rail overcrowding, erosion of the community would all have worsened very significantly and we'd have seen a radical transformation of a largely rural community to one under severe pressure from urbanisation resulting from plans for new airport related development including housing, such as the ecotowns proposed for Elsenham/Henham and Hanley Grange. See more details about the threat. See what the countryside looks like at the moment.
Who else opposed the second runway plans?
Around 140 parish and town councils and special interest organisations belong to Stop Stansted Expansion because of their opposition to the second runway plans. The district councils for Uttlesford, East Herts, Harlow, North Herts, Epping Forest, South Cambridgeshire and Braintree are amongst the many others who were fighting the plans too. Every local MP and MEP was opposed, too - irrespective of political party. See the Other Opposition to the Second Runway Application page.
Click here to follow the progress of correspondence relating to the second runway application