In the early hours of Saturday 10 April, Full Council voted 22 to 13 with one abstention, to permit the application from Southampton Airport to extend its runway.
The Council listened to an extensive number of representations from local people, Councillors and organisations, both for and against the runway extension, together with evidence from a range of specialists, as well as deliberating a detailed report. Following a lengthy, extensive and robust debate the Council made the decision to permit the planning application to extend the runway.
The decision to permit the application is subject to a range of conditions and the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement addressing important issues arising during the construction and operational phases of the development, including environmental air quality and noise issues, health, transport and ecological issues, together with a Carbon Strategy to reduce emissions from the airport’s own operations, and a plan to encourage employment of local residents.
The Council will now work with the Airport team to complete the Section 106 Agreement before issuing the permission.