Tuesday 17 December 2019
Chilterns Conservation Board has objected to the expansion of London Luton Airport Limited in response to the Statutory Consultation on Future Luton. The plans are to increase from 18 million to 32 million passengers a year. The plans involve up to 50 flights an hour, which is one every 72 seconds.
The Chilterns AONB is nationally protected as one of the finest areas of countryside in the UK and lies less than 3 miles from Luton Airport. The final approach to the runway is directly over the Chilterns AONB and much of the closer area that is not designated AONB is in the setting of the Chilterns AONB. Public bodies and statutory undertakers have a statutory duty of regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the AONB (Section 85 of CroW Act 2000).
With this in mind, Luton Airport’s expansion plans would have serious consequences for the tranquillity of the nationally protected landscape of the Chilterns AONB.
The main impacts we have raised in our objection include:
London Luton Airport Limited are expected to submit their application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order (DCO) in mid-2020. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State for Transport.
Click below to read our full response and see our comprehensive reasons for objection.