Campaigners concerns at public inquiry

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the second runway at Stansted Airport have reacted furiously to plans to “steamroller” next year's public inquiry.Airport operator BAA is hoping to get the go-ahead for a major expansion at the Essex-airport which would make it bigger and busier than Heathrow.

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the second runway at Stansted Airport have reacted furiously to plans to “steamroller” next year's public inquiry.

Airport operator BAA is hoping to get the go-ahead for a major expansion at the Essex-airport which would make it bigger and busier than Heathrow.

A public inquiry into the plan begins next year but it has now emerged the planning inspector wants to complete the process at a “breakneck pace” of six months.

The revelation came in a note from the Planning Inspectorate issued ahead of a pre-inquiry meeting scheduled for next Monday where the inquiry programme will be discussed.

Those opposed to the runway believe the plan to run parallel sessions looking at different subjects in separate inquiry rooms would “severely compromise” the community's ability to be fully involved in the inquiry due to their limited resources.