Tag Archives: Aviation

Is Stansted’s ancient woodland safe from Manchester Airports Group?

BAA’s airport monopoly was broken up even further last week with the announcement of a winning bid of £1.5billion for Stansted Airport. Manchester Airports Group (MAG) is the new owner. After the fight of the decade, will this be good news or … Continue reading

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HS2 – A Route Long View

Yesterday a group of 32 transport planning experts, backed by the Transport Planning Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute wrote an open letter to Patrick McLoughlin the Transport Minister. This letter sets out that they do not believe that … Continue reading

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Planning under attack

Budget week is always an exciting time as the public, politicians and media commentators speculate about, and reflect upon, a raft of announcements. Yesterday the Chancellor George Osborne offered a further attack on the planning system, highlighting its alleged role … Continue reading

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A note on the Emergency Budget

Unless you have been hiding in the woods to avoid it (!) you will know that George Osborne delivered the Emergency Budget on behalf of the Coalition government earlier this week.  As anticipated, the Budget begins the process of reducing … Continue reading

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The fight of the decade

The threat is finally over and Stansted’s second runway is OFF the table!   Hard to believe it’s been ten years since we first identified a threat to almost 20 hectares of irreplaceable woodland habitat in the heart of the Essex countryside. … Continue reading

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Could this be the end for Stansted?

The end of the threat to ancient woodland, that is! The Coalition Government has published its programme for governing. It includes, along with many other pledges, this: ‘We will refuse permission for additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted.’ Could this … Continue reading

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Airport expansion? Chaos!

** Updated ** March 2010  BAA says it is ‘fully committed’ to pushing 2nd runway plans forward – threatening to bring a possible 3 additional years to this already 8 year period of uncertainty.  Read BAA’s reply to the Secretary of State’s letter.  ============= … Continue reading

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