Council welcomes increased clarity of revised planning process at Luton airport

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News release: 13 June 2012

St Albans City and District Council welcomes plans to bring together two individual planning applications at Luton Airport into one integrated planning application. The Council believes that such a move will help provide more clarity for local people on development proposals at the airport.

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London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) and London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) have been consulting on individual proposals to increase capacity of the airport. A contract to extend LLAOL’s current airport operation concession to 2031 is due to be finalised in July. The operator and owner have now announced that they will be integrating their individual proposals. They are set to submit a single planning application later this summer. The application will seek to increase airport capacity from 10.3 million passengers per annum to between 16.5 and 18 million.

St Albans City and District Council raised a number of concerns about the two proposals, particularly in relation to capacity estimates, sustainability, and noise and traffic impacts. 
Councillor Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation at St Albans City and District Council, said: “We welcome more joined up approaches between the airport’s owner and its operator because that will help improve clarity for local people on what are complex issues. However, we will continue to be robust in raising concerns about development proposals at Luton Airport.  We are particularly concerned about capacity, sustainability, and the impact of increased noise and increased traffic on our roads. We urge London Luton Airport Limited and London Luton Airport Operations Limited to consult with and engage local people early on any future planning process.”

Member contact:
Cllr Teresa Heritage, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Conservation, St Albans City and District Council 
Tel: 01582 761014

Contact for the press:
Claire Wainwright, Principal Communications and Marketing Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819572
E-mail: claire.wainwright@stalbans.gov.uk 
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:

London Luton Airport Limited is the owner of Luton Airport and is wholly owned by Luton Borough Council. 
London Luton Airport Operations Limited is the current airport operator. 



LLAL granted a concession to run the airport to London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) for 30 years in 1998. This term will be extended till 31st March 2031 based on the recently signed heads of terms.

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