Stansted airport planning application to rent out surplus warehouses refused

6.5.2010   (Stop Stansted Expansion)


Stop Stansted Expansion (SSE) is delighted to report that yesterday afternoon
(5 May) members of Uttlesford District Council’s Development Control Committee
voted unanimously to refuse BAA’s planning application for permission to rent
its surplus warehouse space to all-comers.

Having taken account of all the evidence submitted by BAA, plus objections by
SSE, parish councils and members of the public, the Council could find no material
reason for making an exception to its own longstanding policy of only permitting
airport-related businesses to operate from within the Stansted Airport site.

The Development Control Committee also disagreed with BAA’s argument that there
was a serious shortage of suitable warehouse space locally and considered that,
with a planning application for a second runway still on the table, no-one could
be sure that Stansted Airport’s current surplus of airport space would be a long
term surplus.




The papers and representation relating to the application can be viewed online
at Uttlesford District Council’s website by entering the reference UTT/0372/10/FUL
at the search page at

Representations made by SSE can also be accessed via SSE’s previous press release
on the application at   See the Note to Editors for links.



see also – earlier:


Uttlesford Council wants to break its own rules to help BAA’s financial plight

27th April 2010         Uttlesford District Council planning officials are recommending that Councillors
approve a BAA planning application to allow it for the first time ever to rent
60,000 sq foot of Stansted Airport warehousing space to non airport-related tenants.
BAA has asked for a lifting of the “airport-related” planning restriction for
7 years so that it is free to rent the airport warehouses on the wider local market.
Opponents, including SSE, say the airport has an unfair advantage in having cheaper
land through compulsory purchase.   (SSE)    Click here to view full story…