Essex

Plea to buy back Stansted properties bought by BAA

Villagers who lived near Stansted Airport but sold their homes when plans were unveiled for a second runway want the chance to buy them back.

Development of the airport was stopped in May.

A BBC East Inside Out investigation found that BAA still owns more than 300 properties and plots of land bought up to make way for the runway.

Former owners say the properties should be sold back to them and there should be no threat of airport redevelopment.

Company review

BAA said it was reviewing how they dispose of the properties.

The company said it would discuss selling to previous owners but had not yet received any formal approaches.

Maggie Sutton, who sold her home in Broxted to BAA, said: "I do feel I've been made to leave a property that I loved.

"I do feel that if the properties go back on the market and I could afford it... I would be much happier there," she said.

Campaigners from Stop Stansted Expansion said they also wanted a 50 year moratorium on further development around the airport.

Uttlesford District Council, the planning authority for the area, told the BBC it had asked the government for a moratorium to be enshrined in the new airports policy but have not yet had a reply.

BBC East Inside Out will be shown on Monday 1 November at 1930 GMT.

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