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Stansted expansion not affected by Heathrow ruling

BAA has said a ruling blocking development at Heathrow Airport “changes nothing” regarding plans for a second runway at Stansted Airport.

The High Court ruled on Friday that plans for a third Heathrow runway must be reconsidered following objections from protesters.

Justice Carnwarth ruled that the Government’s 2003 Air Transport White Paper - which effectively gave the go-ahead to Stansted expansion plans - needs to be rewritten to take into account the effects of climate change.

Stop Stansted Expansion’s (SSE) campaign director Carole Barbone said the ruling made it “extremely doubtful” that Stansted would succeed in its second runway application.

She said it “effectively denies policy support for new runways at not only Heathrow but also Stansted, where BAA has clung steadfastly to the notion that the 2003 White Paper provides an absolute mandate for its second runway plans”.

BAA denied SSE’s claims, saying it would be down to a public enquiry to decide the fate of Stansted’s application.

A BAA spokesperson said: “The High Court ruling has absolutely nothing to do with Stansted’s second runway application, so changes nothing regarding our plans.

“For SSE to suggest otherwise is simply opportunistic and completely disingenuous.”

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