Campaign group has filed a judicial review to “ensure fairness in determining the issue of airport capacity”. Stop Stansted Expansion are represented in this matter by Paul Stinchcombe QC and Ned Helme of Thirty Nine Essex Street.
The group is requesting that the High Court order the Airports Commission to look at its selection criteria for assessing the airport expansion options for new runway sites. If the group are successful the group will force the Commission to revaluate the “sift criteria”, thus delaying the publication of the shortlist options currently due in December.
At the core of Stop Stansted Expansion’s concerns is the role played by Geoff Muirhead, who was appointed as a commissioner to the Airport Commission last year. Mr Muirhead resigned this position last month after pressure from the Stop Stansted Expansion as he had previously been the Chief Executive of the Manchester Airport Group, who have since purchased Stansted Airport.
Stop Stansted Expansion’s economics advisor said “With proposals on the table from MAG to make Stansted the world’s busiest airport, with four runways handling up to 160 million passengers a year, there is far too much at stake to allow the issue of apparent bias to go unchallenged.”
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