New Stansted plans to double passenger numbers.

Stansted airport has unveiled proposals to double the number of passengers it handles and to increase flights by over 100,000 a year.

The airport has released a press release which states, in reference to  the extra 100,000 flights, that “It should be noted that at this time no significant adverse environmental effects are predicted as a consequence of the proposed development”. This statement demonstrates the true lack of appreciation and understanding on the part of the airport for the levels of pollution, both noise and environmental, which would be generated.

Felsted parish Council has objected to the proposal. Whilst it may be inevitable that Stansted will continue to expand, we believe that they have shown disinterest in the problems they cause to communities and should resolve outstanding issues with nuisance from the flightpath changes introduced last year, before they are allowed to consider further expansion.

You can read our objection Letter to Uttlesford Planning here.

Anyone wishing to comment on the airport’s proposals can do so by sending their comments as an attachment by email to with the words CONSULTATION RESPONSE TO UTT/17/1640/SO in subject header or by using the online ‘Make a Comment’ facility on this link.  The deadline for responses in the end of July.

Stansted airport are also undertaking a series of public exhibitions, with a supporting questionnaire. SSE has raised the objection as to the bias of the survey, manipulating responses into looking only at positive aspects and not giving any time to a balanced evaluation of the downsides. Their news item and recommendation not to complete the survey, but to free write to is here.

Future Stansted exhibition event dates are:


Braintree, Wednesday 12th July 3pm – 8pm Braintree Town Hall, Fairfield Road, CM7 3YG

Takeley, Friday 14th July 4pm – 8pm Silver Jubilee Hall, Dunmow Road, CM22 6QJ

Thaxted, Saturday 15th July 12pm – 4pm Bolford Street Hall, Bolford Street, CM6 2PY

Saffron Walden, Monday 17th July 3pm – 8pm Town Hall, Market Square, CB10 1HR

Bishop’s Stortford, Wednesday 19th July 3pm – 8pm Methodist Church, 34B South Street, CM23 3AZ

Harlow, Monday 24th July 3pm – 7.30pm Harlow Leisurezone, Second Avenue, CM20 3DT