Birmingham Airport planning
application for runway extension
12 February 2008
On 4th January 2008, Birmingham Airport submitted a Planning
Application to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for a proposed extension to the
existing Main Runway 15/33. My letter on the application to the Council is below.
For details of the application click here.
21 February 2008
Since posting the above, I have received a letter from Mark Rogers,
Acting Chief Executive of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, stating that my letter of
12 February will be taken as a representation on the current planning application.
With respect to my last paragraph, Mr Rogers enclosed a letter to Liam Byrne MP of 7 December
and document entitled "The West
Midlands Regional Transport Priorities" executive summary.
Mr Mark Rogers
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
The Council House
12 February 2008
Dear Mr Rogers
Planning Application for the
Extension of the Main Runway at Birmingham International Airport
The Acting Managing Director of Birmingham International Airport, Joe
Kelly, has recently written to me to draw my attention to the above planning application,
which was lodged with your authority on 4 January 2008. The extension is to allow for long
haul flights to the West Coast of America, the Pacific Rim, and the Far East.
Whilst I concur with Mr Kellys view that allowing for such
flights is critical to the achievement of Birminghams aspiration to be a world city,
and therefore support the extension in principle, I am not in favour of an expansion of
the capacity of the airport. Therefore I
believe that if additional flights to long haul destinations are to be allowed, there
should be a limitation on short haul flights, particularly those for which alternative
train journeys are available, or could be available with appropriate investment in rail
In the last year I have travelled, for business, by Eurostar to Brussels,
Paris, Lyon, and Stuttgart. I will shortly be travelling by train for a short break to Venice. At present the prices of train journeys are
generally more expensive than those of air travel, but if we are to achieve the
Governments targets on greenhouse gas emissions, it is essential that air travel is
limited and travel by rail made more competitive.
I therefore hope that, if the Authority is minded to approve the
current planning application, that conditions will also be imposed that will limit the
overall expansion of airport operations. If
your Authority currently does not have the necessary powers to achieve this objective,
then I should be grateful if you could advise me as to what powers would need to be
I should also be grateful if you could advise what, if any,
representations Solihull MBC has made to the Government in relation to the need for a high
speed train service to link the West Midlands with the Channel Tunnel and on action that
needs to be taken to ensure the cost of rail travel is competitive with the prices of
comparable journeys by air.
LYNNE JONES MP
cc Joe Kelly, Acting
Managing Director, Birmingham International Airport.
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