I READ with interest the report and euphoria surrounding the decision not to allow planning permission for homes in Elmdon Lane, Marston Green.
It does not seem to bode well for all those residents, because it had occurred to me that if they have already petitioned against a second runway, or a runway extension, then they must surely now be hoping that the latter goes ahead, as it seems that the only reason put forward for refusal by the Planning Inspectorate was because of the associated noise.
This puts the residents in the situation of 'damned' if they do, 'damned' if they don't, if the runway extension is not built after all, and, while not wishing to put a damper on their celebrations, what could happen is that Coventry Airport, itself seeking to expand its operations, could become a substitute second runway by taking on the extra flights, instead of Birmingham International.
This would then leave it open to the developers the Sandstone Group to challenge the decision at the High Court.
Wal Baglin, Chaffinch Drive, Castle Bromwich.