Luton Airport expansion project plans to scope out protected species

Luton Airport plans to scope out impacts on some protected species from the environmental impact assessment (EIA) associated with its proposed expansion, despite water voles being present nearby, according to its scoping report.

The expansion is expected to double passenger capacity, according to the report, which was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate earlier this week.

The airport’s preferred option for expansion is the construction of a second terminal to the north of its runway, doubling the capacity from 18m passengers a year up to 32m.

Although there are no internationally designated sites within 10km of the proposed development – the trigger for a habitats regulations assessment – the nearby River Lea county wildlife site is home to the water vole, which is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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