The Airports Commission has responded to Stop Stansted Expansion’s application for Judicial Review today (14 October 2013).
An Airports Commission spokesman said:
The Airports Commission firmly rejects the claims made by Stop Stansted Expansion, and considers its processes to date to have been appropriate and robust. The commission’s sift criteria were informed by public consultation and incorporate a wide range of environmental, economic and social factors - including local environmental issues such as impacts on landscape and the built heritage. The sift criteria demonstrate the openness of the commission’s process, and the importance it has placed on an integrated and evidence-based approach to reaching its recommendations.
Notes to editors
The Airports Commission was launched on 2 November 2012. Its terms of reference require that it should report no later than the end of 2013 on:
its assessment of the evidence on the nature, scale and timing of the steps needed to maintain the UK’s global hub status
its recommendation(s) for immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next 5 years – consistent with credible long term options
Its terms of reference also require that it should report no later than summer 2015 on:
its assessment of the options for meeting the UK’s international connectivity needs, including their economic, social and environmental impact
its recommendation(s) for the optimum approach to meeting any needs
its recommendation(s) for ensuring that the need is met as expeditiously as practicable within the required timescale