Stansted expansion plans to face net zero test

A local authority’s decision to reconsider the granting of permission for Stansted Airport to have more passengers could produce the first legal test of the UK’s net zero carbon legislation, according to its leader.

Stansted is currently capped at 35m passenger movements per year. Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee voted to increase it to 43m in November.

However, elections in May saw the district’s dominant Conservative councillors all but eliminated. Their administration was replaced by the local Residents for Uttlesford (R4U) party, which has a platform of reducing air pollution and noise nuisance from the airport, including limiting night flights.

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