Luton Airport expansion: residents in Harpenden to have their say

Residents in Harpenden are being urged to have their say on plans to extend Luton Airport by double its size.

A six week consultation period for residents to submit their comments about proposals to expand the airport will close on Monday, February 18.

Harpenden Town Council is urging residents to submit comments on Luton Borough Council’s application that would see 18 million passengers pass through the airport every year.

Harpenden Town Mayor, Councillor Nicola Linacre said:"The airport expansion is going to have a significant impact upon Harpenden.

"We therefore wanted to ensure that residents are aware of what is being planned and where possible, comment accordingly."

Harpenden’s town council has also been given a "critical" extension on the time they have to put forward their campaign. They will now have until March 8 to submit their comments.

Paul Smith, business and operations manager of the town council, said: "The expansion would have a knock on effect on Harpenden including an increase in traffic, noise and pollution.

"First and foremost the deadline is fast approaching and it is important members of the public submit their comments by Monday.

"This extension is critical because we want to make sure we formulate a response which will illustrate all our thoughts against the plans. This is important for all the residents of Harpenden."

Along with the town council, St Albans District Council and Hertfordshire County Council have also been granted an extension to put forward comments.

To view the planning application and submit your comments, visit: www.eplan.luton.gov.uk/PublicAccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_detailview.aspx?caseno=MF0KDNKG72000

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