Luton Airport expansion plan should be called in, says St Albans District Council

Luton Airport expansion plan should be called in, says district council

Luton Airport expansion plan should be called in, says district council

First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

St Albans District Council is asking that a decision to approve plans to expand Luton Airport by double its size be called-in.

The council has written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, making a formal request for a call-in after Luton Borough Council's planning committee granted permission for plans.

Simon Rowberry, Interim Head of Planning and Building Control at the council, said: "Luton Airport is severely constrained by its geography and close proximity to heavily populated areas. On local environmental and infrastructure issues, areas such as St Albans and Harpenden are seriously affected.

"In particular there is a need to consider the noise and traffic impact on nearby centres of population and the implications of airport passenger parking provision and public transport improvements. We are urging caution on a number of fronts.

"In addition, Luton Borough Council has a direct ownership and financial interest in the airport. They therefore have a close relationship with the applicant. That gives us cause to consider that Luton should not determine this significant and controversial decision as Local Planning Authority."

The council has also drawn the Secretary of State’s attention to a number of concerns raised throughout the planning process and comments on the planning application.

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8:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lee West says...

Once again we have St Albans District Council questioning the growth of Luton Airport but yet fails to mention the majority of flights over the St Albans area are in fact from Heathrow! Furthermore they forget to mention that Luton Airport is authorized to currently handle up to 11.5 million passengers per annum and unless they do not know their maths then what Luton is looking to achieve is growth of 57% over the next 15 years or so and not 100% as stated in this article.

St Albans District Council has a policy in not building affordable housing which results in exclusivity and thus high premiums for property sales and rental but turns a blind eye to Stevenage, Bedford, Luton, Borehamwood having to build homes to house the homeless!

Shame on St Albans and Harpenden!
Once again we have St Albans District Council questioning the growth of Luton Airport but yet fails to mention the majority of flights over the St Albans area are in fact from Heathrow! Furthermore they forget to mention that Luton Airport is authorized to currently handle up to 11.5 million passengers per annum and unless they do not know their maths then what Luton is looking to achieve is growth of 57% over the next 15 years or so and not 100% as stated in this article. St Albans District Council has a policy in not building affordable housing which results in exclusivity and thus high premiums for property sales and rental but turns a blind eye to Stevenage, Bedford, Luton, Borehamwood having to build homes to house the homeless! Shame on St Albans and Harpenden! Lee West
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