Living Near Stansted Airport
Since the first runway was built on the site for Stansted in 1942, the airport has gone from strength to strength. Following terminal extensions in the 1970s, its success sparked a mention in the Government’s White Paper, in which it was proposed that the airport would undergo a major expansion. The planning application for this expansion went through in 1980, despite many of the reservations held by the locals and the airport gained a brand new £400 million terminal in 1991.
The airport has worked hard to maintain a positive relationship with the nearby community, and as a result of this, the Government proposed the building of a new runway in its 2003 white paper. Stansted Airport submitted a planning application for this development from Uttlesford District Council, but later withdrew its plans and scrapped the idea of a second runway.
In December 2013 the Airports Commission announced that a second runway should not be built at Stansted before 2050. Instead, the interim report from the independent review of aviation capacity has concluded there was a need for one additional runway to be in operation in the South East by 2030, and it should be at Heathrow or Gatwick.