Press Release Report
The Commission’s recommendation is a fundamentally different proposition from previous proposals to expand at Heathrow. It delivers a full-length runway, maximising the connectivity gain. It is situated further west than the current runways, which will help to reduce the number of people affected by noise. And it is accompanied by strong measures to limit the impacts on those living nearby, including:
- a ban on all scheduled night flights in the period from 11.30pm to 6.00am, which is only possible with expansion
- no fourth runway: the government should make a firm commitment in Parliament not to expand the airport further – there is no sound operational or environmental case for a fourth runway at Heathrow
- a legally binding ‘noise envelope’ putting firm limits on the level of noise created by the airport
- a new aviation noise levy to fund an expanded programme of mitigation, including noise insulation for homes, schools and other community facilities
- a legal commitment on air quality that new capacity will only be released when it is clear that compliance with EU limits will not be delayed
- a Community Engagement Board, under an independent chair, with real influence over spending on mitigation and compensation and over the airport’s operations
- an independent aviation noise authority, with a statutory right to be consulted on flightpaths and other operating procedures at all UKairports
- provision of training opportunities and apprenticeships for local people, so that nearby communities benefit from the jobs and economic opportunities
How did they keep this one a surprise – by not delivering to Number 10 till late last night.
See pages 28 and 29 for the reasoning. 750 homes would have to go.