London Stansted will appeal a decision made by the Uttlesford district council planning committee to refuse an application to increase the current cap on passenger numbers from 35 to 43 million a year.
The airport said the proposals could be delivered without any increase in the number of flights that are currently allowed, and include a legally binding commitment to reduce the airport’s noise ‘footprint’.
There is also a commitment to provide an enhanced sound insulation scheme for residential properties close to the airport.
Council officials, however, argued Stansted had failed to demonstrate that any additional flights would not result in an increased detrimental effect from aircraft noise, contrary to local plan policy.
The application was rejected by the planning committee in January despite having been conditionally approved by them in November 2018.
Later this month London Stansted will formally submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, an executive agency of the ministry of housing, communities and local government.
The inspectorate will then oversee a public inquiry before making its recommendation to government.
Ken O’Toole, London Stansted chief executive, said: “We’ve been listening to local…