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Runway to be extended at Southampton Airport

Words: Laura Edgar
Southampton Airport / Adam Loader, Shutterstock_1612112563

Eastleigh Borough Council has approved an application to extend the runway at Southampton Airport during a meeting that ran into the early hours of the morning on Saturday 10 April.

Plans submitted by the airport will see the runway extended by 164 metres and 470 landside car parking spaces.

The additional long-stay car parking to the east and west of Mitchell Way was reduced from 600 spaces following a consultation that raised concerns about the design and impact of the car park.

A planning officer recommended that the application should be approved subject to completion of a section106 agreement that secures a number of conditions, including: a vehicle cap on traffic movements to the airport to 2.45 million; a noise insulation policy and noise action plan for residential and sensitive non-residential buildings; a carbon strategy to reduce emissions from the airport’s own operations; and a plan to encourage employment of local residents.  

The permission will be issued by the council once the s106 agreement is complete.

Steve Szalay, Southampton Airport’s runway operations director, said the approval ensures that the airport is “well placed to provide employment and support the region as we seek to recover post-pandemic”.

“We are excited about our future. This positive decision allows us to further develop our plans, play a full part in the Solent Freeport and deliver on our commitments set out within the planning application, which will further enrich our neighbouring communities.

“We appreciate that some of our neighbours have concerns regarding noise and the environment. Please be assured that we want to work with residents to mitigate these issues going forward.”

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