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15 November 2018, 08:19 | Updated: 22 November 2018, 07:32
The expansion of Stansted Airport has been given the go-ahead by Uttlesford District Council.
The plans were approved at a meeting last night, where votes for and against were split 5-5, but the committee's Chairman had the casting vote.
It means the airport will be able to serve 43 million passengers a year. Until now it has only been able to cater for 35 million each year.
London Stansted claims the expansion will boost the region's economic growth and create 5000 new jobs.
“We are delighted that Uttlesford District Council has today approved our planning application to enable the airport to grow over the next decade," said London Stansted’s CEO, Ken O’Toole.
“Today’s 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.
“From the outset our local community has been a vital partner in this planning process and it was their feedback which led us to put forward a proposal which did not seek an increase in the number of flights and committed to deliver the growth within a smaller noise footprint than our existing permissions require.
“The decision is great news for the airport, our staff and the growth ambitions of the region, London and the wider UK and will improve passenger choice and convenience and boost international long-haul routes to fast-growing markets like China, India and the US.
“The combination of the strong economic health of our catchment, our available runway capacity, the £600 million investment we are making in our facilities and the continuing desire of local residents to travel by air by London Stansted, will collectively ensure that the airport has a bright future.
“I’d like to thank the hundreds of local residents, businesses, staff and on-site partners who have passionately backed our plans and I look forward to working with them all as we move into the next phase of our future.“