Welwyn Hatfield officials set to object to Luton Airport expansion

PUBLISHED: 11:35 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:38 09 April 2013

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to expand Luton Airport could be met with an objection from Welwyn Hatfield officials.

A cross-party panel is set to meet on Thursday to discuss a bid to increase the capacity at the neighbouring airport.

If an application is given the go-ahead by Luton Council, the number of passengers could rise from 9.5 million to 18 million a year.

The panel has been recommended to object to the plans.

A report ahead of the meeting states that although noise levels might not go up in Welwyn Hatfield, the frequency of noise could be affected.

It says: “The proposed development at London Luton Airport is unlikely to have a significant effect on Welwyn Hatfield in terms of noise levels.

“However, it is important to note that frequency of noise from the airport is likely to increase even if the volume does not.

“It is also a potential matter of concern that additional traffic generated by the expansion of the airport could exacerbate congestion likely to be experienced on the B653 close to WGC.”


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