Agenda and minutes

Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel
Thursday, 11 October 2018 7:00 pm, NEW

Venue: Rooms 11/12/13, Eastleigh House, Upper Market Street, Eastleigh SO50 9YN

Contact: Laura Johnston, Performance and Governance Specialist Tel: 023 8068 8041 Email:  Natalie Wigman, Corporate Director Tel: 023 8068 8405 Email:

No. Item


Public Participation


There was no public participation on this occasion.


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To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2018.


It was AGREED -


That the Minutes of the meeting of the Panel held on 13 September 2018 be confirmed and signed by the Chairman as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare interests in relation to items of business on the agenda.  Any interests declared will be recorded in the Minutes.


There were no declarations of interest in relation to items of business on the agenda.


Chairman's Report


The Chairman did not give a report on this occasion to allow more time for the substantive item.


Southampton Airport Masterplan Consultation Response

The Committee is asked to consider EBC’s proposed response to Southampton Airport’s Masterplan Consultation.


The panel received a presentation on Southampton Airport’s Draft Masterplan by Jason Light, Strategy Lead (Environment).  The presentation covered a number of areas including: Airport Development, Noise Management, Surface Access, Air Quality and Climate Change, Economic Impact and Future Land Use.  The Panel made the following comments:


Noise Management


·         Pleased that there were no plans to extend the hours of operation

·         Concern that the jet engines on the larger planes would be more disruptive than the turbo props

Surface Access


·         Highlighted that the presented reduction in cars and taxis was actually an increase because of the increased passenger numbers

·         Questioned the validity of the data; there could be four people in a car and nationally rail use had dropped.  Nor had it been independently verified.

·         Improving Southampton International Airport could reduce travel to other airports by offering a wider range of destinations at a local hub

·         Very concerned about the additional congestion caused by increased vehicle movements particularly as the construction of the Chickenhall Lane Link Road was seeming unlikely

·         Improvements needed to be made to public transport links to reduce the numbers of vehicle movements

Air Quality and Climate Change


·         Serious concern about the impact of increased congestion on air quality; particularly on the Eastleigh Air Quality Management Area.

Economic Impact


·         Without the third runway at Heathrow it was an opportunity for Southampton International Airport to expand

·         The report painted a ‘rosy’ picture but there was not enough detail

Future Land Use/Ecology


·         Concern that the tunnel under the runway could present a safety risk and this would need to be carefully managed.  The tunnel would need to be an adoptable highway and facilitate heavy good vehicles (HGVs) in order to open up a development site on the airport.

·         Expressed concern about moving airside operations to within 100 yards of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).



That the Southampton Airport Draft Masterplan be noted and that the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel would welcome further details, including implementation timescales.




That it be recommended to Cabinet that the Council responds to the Southampton Airport Draft Masterplan consultation in support, subject to the Panel’s following concerns:


(1)         Lack of independent verification of the evidence and projections put forward in the draft masterplan at this stage;


(2)         Increase in frequency and volume of noise disturbance;

(3)         Significant increase in car trips to and from the airport from the catchment and the resultant increased congestion and pollution on the road network;


(4)         Threat to the safeguarding of a future Chickenhall Lane Link Road; and


(5)         Proximity of new airport development to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)