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Stansted 35+ Project

Stansted Airport (STAL), owned by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG), is predicted to grow to 43 million passengers and 273,000 aircraft movements over the next decade. To accommodate this growth and make best use of its existing single runway, they submitted a planning application in February 2018, supported by an Environmental Statement we prepared with a team of specialist consultants.

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Project name

Stansted Airport 35+ Project

 

Client

Stansted Airport Limited (STAL)

 

Location

Stansted Airport, Essex

Services provided

- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

- Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

- Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)

- Consultant Team Management

- Expert Witness (EIA, HIA and Ecology)

- Attendance and Public Inquiry

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The public inquiry lasted seven weeks commencing in January 2021 and involved virtual hearings in front of three Planning Inspectors. The main parties to this Inquiry STAL, UDC and Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) - the local opposition group appearing as a ‘Rule 6’ party.

We provided three of Stansted’s expert witnesses covering procedural matters and defending the rigour of the EIA process; health and wellbeing; and ecology and biodiversity.

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) overruled the original planning decision in May 2021 and dismissed all of UDC grounds for refusal, concluding that these were “imprecise, vague and unsubstantiated” and that none of these stood up to scrutiny when examined at the public inquiry.  The lead inspector also praised the quality of the ES and ESA, “the conclusions of which remained substantially unchallenged” by the evidence of the Council and SSE. 

43   million

Passengers predicted by 2032

8   million

More passengers granted permission than previous planning consent

2

New taxiways

9

New aircraft stands

December 2016

Start date

February 2018

Planning application and ES submitted

January 2020

UDC ‘retrospectively’ refuse permission

July 2020

STAL launch appeal

October 2020

ES Addendum prepared by RPS

January - March 2021

Public Inquiry held

May 2021

PINS find in favour of STAL and grant planning permission

2021

Completion date