Leicestershire County Council has given its backing to a proposed extension of East Midlands Airport’s runway – but failure to address the issue of noise could change its stance.
At a meeting last week (Thursday, April 23rd), the council’s development control and regulatory board noted that the airport’s projections concerning the impact of the expansion on the environment were "reasonable".
The board therefore has "no strategic objection" to the development, and will report this to the county council’s cabinet.
However, it was made clear that the board’s outlook would change if the district council proved unsuccessful in any attempt to impose noise controls on flights to and from the airport.
"[In this event] the county council will reconsider its stance on the designation of the airport under S78 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, subject to the Night Noise Metric monitoring currently being undertaken by the airport demonstrating that night noise impacts have unacceptably increased compared to the growth activity at the airport," the board said in a statement.
Earlier this year, East Midlands Airport reported that 2008 had been its busiest on record, with more than 5.6 million passengers having made use of the airport’s facilities.