Supporters and opponents of the airport’s plans, which include extensions to the terminal building, including a new immigration hall, and construction of a new multi-storey car park, had until 22 February to submit their comments. A public inquiry on the airport’s appeal, led by an independent planning inspector, is due to start in mid-July and is expected to last four weeks.

The council has said it will mount a “robust defence” of the decision to refuse planning permission. The inquiry will conclude either with a decision by the inspector or a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local here