AIRPORT OPERATOR BAA this week announced plans for a £2.3bn second runway and a second terminal at Stansted Airport in the face of erce environmental opposition.
Plans for the second 3,048m long runway, 2.2km south east of the existing landing strip, and the supporting terminal and infrastructure will be submitted for planning permission in the summer.
BAA has scrapped plans for a car park that would have had a severe impact on the small hamlet of Burton End.
If planning approval is granted, work on the development will be carried out in two stages.
The first, which includes the new runway, will begin construction in 2011 and be completed in 2015. The second stage, which includes the terminal, should be completed in 2030.
BAA head of airport designs for Stansted Generation 2 Martin Summersgill said: 'We are very con dent of obtaining planning approval.
'The government White Paper in December 2003 and the progress report on the White Paper at the end of last year confined the government's intention for Stansted to be the first place to develop further capacity.
'There are two reasons we are more optimistic about the outcome this time. First we have a clear policy picture from government and second the planning process has become more streamlined.' ummersgill added that issues are no longer considered one at a time, with teams now considering them concurrently.
The plans drew immediate objection from the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign, which accused BAA and its owner Ferrovial of putting prots ahead of the environment.