Winchester City Council responds to Southampton Airport masterplan

Winchester City Council has responded to Southampton Airport’s draft masterplan.

The airport is aiming to more than double its passenger numbers over the next decade and to do this, it is planning to extend the northern end of the runway by around 170m, which will potentially enable larger aircraft to take off and travel to a wider variety of European destinations.

The council supports in principle the growth of the airport and its value to the local economy, however it does want to see the infrastructure provided to accommodate the airport’s growth.

This would take into the account the potential impact on air quality and details of measures put in place to address the airport’s carbon footprint. The council has also asked for more detailed information to be made available to show that the district’s residents would not be affected by noisy aircraft.

Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cllr Jan Warwick said:

“This proposed development is welcomed from an economic perspective, but the council would like to see additional details about the resulting noise impacts from the development and proposed noise mitigation in order to be satisfied that Winchester residents are not adversely affected.”

For more details of the draft masterplan visit https://www.southamptonairport.com/media/4908/southampton-airport-draft-masterplan.pdf