A local authority which has staged a long-running battle against the expansion of Coventry Airport finally reached an agreement with its management last night.
Councillors at a specially-convened planning meeting at Warwick District Council agreed to accept a package of mitigation measures and the building of a new 2,000-space car park at the Baginton airport.
The decision marks the beginning of the end of the battle between the council and the airport which has seen a High Court hearing and the first of two planned public inquiries. Officers at last night?s meeting at Leamington Town Hall had urged council-lors to accept the airport?s proposals to ensure that the local authority has at least some form of control over its operations.
However, the committee ruled that in accepting the mitigation package, the council has not changed its opinion that the airport?s temporary terminal exceeded permitted developments.
John Archer, the council?s head of planning and engineering, said: ?The council must submit a position on the potential mitigation package to the inquiry.
?The council has not formally decided what will happen to regard to the terminal.
?It is for the Secretary of State to decide.?
Councillors voted five to three to accept the car park. Five councillors also voted for the mitigation proposals with one against and two abstentions. Two members abstained from the ten man committee before it sat.
The development comes as the first public inquiry nears its conclusion.
The inquiry was launched after the council issued enforcement notices on the airport?s temporary passenger terminal when it opened last March.
The airport is considered likely to win the inquiry and the council views last night?s agreement as its last chance to restrict operations.
Coventry Airport?s owners, German tourism giant TUI, have drawn up a 56-page document detailing how it plans to limit the operation?s effects on the environment.
Among the proposed changes are a restriction on flying during certain hours - including banning noisier freight aircraft between 11.30pm and 6am - a noise monitoring system, re-routing flights away from built-up areas, policies to improve public transport, and an ?air quality programme?.
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