Stansted Airport expansion wins council approval

Aaron Morby 3 months ago
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London Stansted’s planning application for further airport expansion was narrowly approved yesterday by Uttlesford District Council.

Contractor due to be named next month for new arrivals building

The controversial plan to lift the cap on passenger numbers from 35m a year to 43m required the casting vote of the chairman as the planning committee was equally split.

The Government will need to rubber-stamp the decision before owners, the Manchester Airport Group, can progress with a five-year, £600m construction programme to expand passenger facilities at Stansted.

These plans include building a new arrivals building and reconfiguring airport operations with two new taxiway links to the runway and remote aircraft stands.

A successful bidder for the £150m arrivals building will be announced in December with construction work on the 34,000 sqm, three-storey building beginning early next year.

The rest of the programme involves additional car park capacity and modifications to landside and airside infrastructure.

London Stansted’s CEO, Ken O’Toole, said: “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.”

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