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Stansted Airport needs a more detailed Sustainable Development Plan

There is optimism at Car Hire Stansted Airport with the plan showcasing increased capacity being approved.

The draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP) from Stansted Airport is lacking in detail according to Uttlesford district council. It needs more in-depth technical data before it can make a proper assessment.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has pointed out its plan looks at ways to develop and improve surface access links and strengthen its community engagement programme while being mindful of the environment. Ultimately it wants to more than double traffic on its existing single runway to up to 45 million passengers per annum.

Cllr Jackie Cheetham, cabinet member for aviation, said “We welcome the concept of the draft SDP, especially its commitment to partnership working, and we support the sustainable growth of Stansted as a single-runway airport. However, without seeing the background data it is difficult to assess whether the aims set out in the plan are fair, or whether the plan should be more challenging and forward-thinking, particularly on environmental issues.”

 

A 10-week consultation to gauge public opinion on the document came to an end earlier this month. It also raises a number of concerns. These include a perceived imbalance between the assessment of road traffic implications and proposals to address them, the failure to introduce more challenging noise mitigation measures, and the need for greater recognition to be made of the economic importance of Essex and Herts. The council also calls for clarification on issues including community funding and compensation claims.