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Birmingham International Airport runway extension gets provisional go-ahead

SOLIHULL Council is poised to approve plans to extend the runway at Birmingham International Airport.

SOLIHULL Council is poised to approve plans to extend the runway at Birmingham International Airport.

At a meeting on Monday night, members of the planning sub-committee said they were minded to approve the application but deferred the final decision until the New Year.

Before councillors give the proposal the green light, they want to strike a deal which will protect neighbouring residents and the local environment.

If an agreement is reached and the runway extended by 405 metres - the equivalent of four football pitches laid end to end, passengers will be able to fly to destinations like China and the west coast of America without changing planes.

At Mondays meeting, arguments for and against the scheme raged for over three hours.

The airports Joe Kelly, who is heading up the expansion project, said: The runway would give us access to the worlds fastest growing economies. Its important that the West Midlands is able to fight on a level playing field on the world stage and at the moment it cant do so.

Airport bosses were joined by Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, and Jerry Blackett, CEO of the Birmingham and Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

Both men said the expansion would have a huge benefit on local business and the economy.

But there were plenty of locals who were less than convinced and action groups condemned the increase in noise and pollution which the extension would bring.

Joe Peacock, from Birmingham Friends of the Earth, urged the local authority to drive a hard bargain with the airport. While Chris Williams, from Solihull Green Party, described the decision as disastrous.

Explaining the committees decision, Cllr Stuart Davis said: Taking this application as a whole, we felt there were enormous benefits in allowing this to go ahead so long as we could mitigate any negative impacts.

It is vital that our residents are protected from noise and an increase in traffic, and that the local environment is not adversely affected.

The Government must now decide if it wants to intervene and hold a public inquiry into the application.SOLIHULL Council is poised to approve plans to extend the runway at Birmingham International Airport.

At a meeting on Monday night, members of the planning sub-committee said they were minded to approve the application but deferred the final decision until the New Year.

Before councillors give the proposal the green light, they want to strike a deal which will protect neighbouring residents and the local environment.

If an agreement is reached and the runway extended by 405 metres - the equivalent of four football pitches laid end to end, passengers will be able to fly to destinations like China and the west coast of America without changing planes.

At Mondays meeting, arguments for and against the scheme raged for over three hours.

The airports Joe Kelly, who is heading up the expansion project, said: The runway would give us access to the worlds fastest growing economies. Its important that the West Midlands is able to fight on a level playing field on the world stage and at the moment it cant do so.

Airport bosses were joined by Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group, and Jerry Blackett, CEO of the Birmingham and Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

Both men said the expansion would have a huge benefit on local business and the economy.

But there were plenty of locals who were less than convinced and action groups condemned the increase in noise and pollution which the extension would bring.

Joe Peacock, from Birmingham Friends of the Earth, urged the local authority to drive a hard bargain with the airport. While Chris Williams, from Solihull Green Party, described the decision as disastrous.

Explaining the committees decision, Cllr Stuart Davis said: Taking this application as a whole, we felt there were enormous benefits in allowing this to go ahead so long as we could mitigate any negative impacts.

It is vital that our residents are protected from noise and an increase in traffic, and that the local environment is not adversely affected.

The Government must now decide if it wants to intervene and hold a public inquiry into the application.

 

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