SOUTHAMPTON Airport has won a High Court battle over its controversial runway extension.
A High Court judge has rejected a bid to halt GOESA Ltd’s proposed expansion.
The company, which was set up by campaigners against the extension of the track, argued that the approval of the scheme by Eastleigh City Council was illegal.
But now the legal challenge has been dismissed on all five grounds.
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An airport spokesman welcomed news that approval of plans to extend the northern end of the 164m runway was legal.
They said: ‘The court ruling is an exciting step forward for Southampton Airport, as it will allow us to advance our much needed runway plans, provide certainty for our staff and play a full part in the emerging Solent Freeport.
“The extension will ensure the long-term viability of the airport and bring significant economic benefits to the region, including the creation of much-needed new jobs, including employment opportunities during the construction phase.”
Activists said they could appeal the decision and would seek legal advice on their next steps.
John Lauwerys of GOESA Ltd said: “This is a very disappointing result and a big surprise for us. We felt we had a solid set of questions to discuss.
“Another judge said we had arguments to make. At this point, we should seek advice from our legal team to consider appealing.
“We clearly need to consider raising additional funds. Everything is privately funded. All of this has to be considered. »
The expansion was officially approved last June after permission was given at a full council meeting in April.
The MP for Eastleigh talked about the benefits the scheme will bring.
Tory, Paul Holmes said: “I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the judicial review which found that Eastleigh Borough Council’s permission for the extension of the runway at Southampton Airport, for which I have always militated, was not illegal.
“This plan, which will directly benefit my constituents by creating skilled jobs and driving regional growth in Hampshire and beyond, can now be taken to the next stage.
“Going forward, I look forward to working with local authorities, residents and other stakeholders to bring the benefits of this much-needed positive development to my constituents in Eastleigh as soon as possible.”
The airport spokesperson added: “We would like to thank everyone who has supported our runway plans over the past few years, especially the residents and businesses who have shown their support during the planning process.
“However, we appreciate that some of our neighbors have noise and environmental concerns.
“As an airport, we want to work with residents and stakeholders to manage and mitigate these concerns going forward.”
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