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Date published: 2005/02/18

The BBC says:

Residents near Stansted Airport must be given a say over where an additional runway is sited and how much land it uses, the High Court has ruled.

There must also be more consultations over Luton Airport expansion, it said.

Campaigners said it was a "victory for local democracy" and the government must now go back to the drawing board. But as the court said proposals for new runways were otherwise lawful, a "pleased" Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said the plans were on course. He noted that the High Court "has upheld the case for two additional runways in the south east of England at Heathrow and Stansted and rejected calls for that part of the Air Transport White Paper to be quashed". "The government has always accepted that the exact positioning and capacity of the runways at Stansted and Luton will be decided by the normal planning process."

The court seems to be rather disingenous. What do the locals know about where the Stansted runway should be sited and how much land it uses. It should be sited for safety and logistical reasons, not because some vocal local resident doesn't want to be inconvenienced. Of course it is up to the government to properly compensate those affected, which it never does, which is the real nub of the problem.

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