CALLS to review the expansion of Southampton Airport have been thrown out.

Two applications to appeal plans to expand Southampton Airport have been refused.

Controversial plans to expand the airport runway by 164 metres have faced ongoing scrutiny.

Two applications were lodged earlier this year to appeal the decision by Eastleigh Borough Council to greenlight the expansion.

They were made by Bournemouth International Airport Ltd and Group Opposed to the Expansion of Southampton Airport Ltd (GOESA)

Eastleigh Borough Council (EBC) reports it has received notice from the High Court that both applications have now been refused.

Commenting on the decision, council leader Keith House, said: “This is good news and supports the decision made by the Council to permit Southampton International Airport Ltd’s application to extend its runway.

Councillors robustly considered a large number of representations from a wide range of stakeholders, as well as examining extensive evidence. The Council considered that the decision was taken in line with relevant legislation and planning policy frameworks.

We were confident that both the way in which the decision was taken, and the arguments to justify it, were lawful and sound and this has been supported by the High Court.

The applicants now have seven days to appeal the decisions.

Campaigners previously aimed to raise £100,000 towards the judicial review and called for the decision to undergo “independent scrutiny”.