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Council approves Stansted airport expansion plan

Stansted wins vote over passenger increase Credit: PA Images

Plans for Stansted Airport to raise the current cap of 35 million passengers a year to 43 million have been approved by Uttlesford District Council.

The vote was a close affair with the chairman of the planning committee having the casting vote.

Though the Government will need to ratify the decision of the council, a process which could take several months.

Stansted Airport expansion plans nearing decision date

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted Airport will learn this week if it's been successful in its bid to increase the number of passengers it can handle, by eight million a year.

Uttlesford District Council is due to make a decision on Stansted's planning application on Wednesday (14th November).

But not everyone is convinced with anti-expansion campaigners raising concerns about carbon emissions and noise.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper.

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