SOUTHAMPTON'S council leader has backed the refusal of a review into Southampton Airport's runway extension. 

In July, an application for a judicial review of the planning permission granted for Southampton Airport's 164 metre runway extension was submitted to the High Court by GOESA Ltd.

The company was created by opposition campaigners against the runway extension and over £60,000 was raised through an online fundraising page to fund the legal action.

As well as this, an application for a separate judicial review was made by Bournemouth International Airport Ltd. 

Now though, both of these have been refused for the high court. 

Southampton City Council leader, Daniel Fitzhenry has welcomed the news.

He told the Echo: “Supporting the extension of the runway at Southampton Airport is crucial for our city and region’s connectivity and growth.

“This is welcomed news today and we’ll continue to work with the airport and partners to ensure that the growth of the airport for the future has as minimal impact on residents as possible.”

Those behind the two reviews were given seven days to decide if they want to pursue the case further.