Office calls in airport plans

Gatwick Airport expansion plans have been called in by the government despite winning backing from Crawley Borough Council.

The Government Office for the South East (GOSE) issued an article 14 direction preventing the council giving permission for BAA's proposal to extend the North Terminal and build a multi-storey car park.

A decision on whether an inquiry should be held will now be made by the secretary of state. Airport capacity would increase to 40 million passengers a year if the scheme goes ahead.

Crawley councillors debated the scheme at committee this week. A council spokesman said: "Members decided that had they been allowed to permit the scheme they would have done so. We have informed the GOSE of the decision."

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