Luton Airport expansion project must not scope out potential impacts on water voles

Luton Airport cannot scope out the impacts on some protected species from the environmental impact assessment (EIA) associated with its proposed expansion, due to species such as water voles being present nearby, according to the Planning Inspectorate.

The expansion of Luton Airport is expected to double passenger capacity from 18 milllion passengers a year up to 32 million if built, but due to the potential indirect impacts on the River Lea, the Planning Inspectorate has refused developer’s London Luton Airport Ltd’s request to scope out impacts to nearby fauna and flora.

The inspectorate’s scoping opinion on the airport’s preferred expansion option for a second terminal to the north of its runway was adopted last week on behalf of the secretary of state.

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