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Stansted expansion plans illegitimate, inquiry told

BAA's plans for Stansted airport fail to make a successful economic argument, the Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) group will tell the inquiry into the airport's expansion today.
SSE barrister Paul Stinchcombe will tell the Inspector Alan Boyland: 'Any assertion that the White Paper does settle the economic case in favour of the maximum use of the existing runway would be unduly prescriptive and wrongfully encroach on your proper role at this Inquiry.'Stinchcombe claims that Government support for the expansion was not sufficient for it to go ahead, and that BAA had witheld evidence.'By failing to include all of the forthcoming development within the Environmental Statement, BAA has failed to inform the Inquiry of all of the cumulative effects of the proposed development,' he said.'A grant of planning permission in the face of this failure would be a breach of the duty set down in the Regulations.'Stinchcombe also claimed that the only economic evidence about the expansion had been provided by SSE showing, he claimed, that the proposed expansion of Stansted would result in an economic detriment locally, regionally and nationally. The Inquiry is expected to last until October 2007.

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