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Luton Airport’s expansion plans are in doubt after the government announced that it would hold an inquiry into the proposal.

It comes after plans to increase passengers at the airport from 18M per year to 19M were approved by the local council in December.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has cited concerns over climate change targets and policies for enhancing the natural environment among its reasons.

Luton Borough Council was told in a letter: "To consider all the relevant aspects of the proposed development, the secretary of state [Michael Gove] has decided to hold a local inquiry."

As part of the original planning application, London Luton Airport Operations commissioned reports into the expansion’s effect on noise, air quality, waste, energy, ecology, ground water and landscape. The organisation has promised to take measures to mitigate the changes where necessary.

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