The Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow an appeal over the expansion of Stansted Airport has been branded an ‘insult to local democracy’ by the leader of Uttlesford DC.
Uttlesford had rejected the proposals in January 2020, but this was overturned by the Planning Inspectorate, which also awarded full costs against the council.
Council leader, Cllr John Lodge, has urged ministers to intervene over the decision amid growing climate change concerns.
A letter from Cllr Lodge argued the airport expansion undermined the Government’s target of cutting carbon emissions by 78% by 2035.
The council's portfolio holder for environment and green issues, Cllr Louise Pepper, added: 'The council is now facing costs against it as a result of the appeal, but the cost to the planet carries far greater weight.
'We have a responsibility to act now and we must continue to take a stand for future generations.’