The proposed public inquiry into the construction of a new runway at Stansted Airport has been delayed for the second time.
Communities secretary John Denham has written to all parties to say it was not yet “feasible nor realistic” to set a date for the probe.
He said the timetable could take as long as nine months to be announced, as the Government was waiting for the future ownership of the airport to be firmed up first.
The Competition Commission ordered airport operator BAA to sell Stansted in order to break up its monopoly. BAA has, however, appealed.
Despite accepting the further delay, Stansted Airport development director Nick Barton demanded a new runway is “urgently required” at the site.