Architects who submitted proposals for a four-runway airport in Luton to the Airports Commission were criticised by Luton Borough Council who said the plans were “unrealistic”.
The proposal caused uproar in North Herts, where entire villages were earmarked to be wiped out to accommodate it.
Neither Luton Borough Council nor London Luton Airport Ltd were aware of the report submitted by Weston Williamson and Partners, who confirmed on Monday they were acting out of their own professional interest. A council spokesman said: “We are pleased that their thinking confirms Luton’s strengths as a great location to do business, however the theory behind the report has not been discussed with the airport owner or the people of Luton and its surrounding communities. Had it been, we may have been able to explain the impracticalities of their proposal.”
The spokesman said the idea of positioning a new airport to the south of Luton was first raised in a 2005 masterplan and was found to be unrealistic. Plans to expand the airport are solely focused on increasing capacity from 10m to 18m passengers per year by 2025, from the existing single runway and within the current boundary of the site. A second runway is not believed to be viable.