Con­sul­ta­tion on Heathrow plans takes off

Lo­cal meet­ings to be held to dis­cuss ex­pan­sion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing called on to have their say on the Gov­ern­ment’s plans for ex­pan­sion at Heathrow air­port.

Last week a draft Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment, set­ting out the prin­ci­ples for as­sess­ing a fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­pand Heathrow Air­port was pub­lished and a four month con­sul­ta­tion was launched.

The pro­pos­als set out the need for ad­di­tional air­port ca­pac­ity and rea­sons why the gov­ern­ment be­lieves a north­west run­way at Heathrow is the best op­tion.

As part of the con­sul­ta­tion an event for Buck­ing­hamshire is be­ing run by Depart­ment for Trans­port in Ger­rard’s Cross at the Col­ston Hall on March 11. There will be a shut­tle bus ser­vice run­ning from Iver to Ger­rards Cross.

Res­i­dents should also ex­pect to re­ceive a leaflet is­sued by the DfT this week in­form­ing them of the con­sul­ta­tion and the shut­tle ser­vice.

Launch­ing the con­sul­ta­tion Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling high­lighted the im­por­tance of a new run­way to the post-Brexit econ­omy, but the pro­posal con­tin­ues to at­tract wide­spread crit­i­cism.

He said: “Leav­ing the EU is a new chap­ter for Bri­tain and pro­vides us with a great op­por­tu­nity to forge a new role in the world. We are de­ter­mined to seize that op­por­tu­nity and hav­ing the right in­fra­struc­ture in place will al­low us to build a more global Bri­tain.”

The pol­icy state­ment places a num­ber of con­di­tions that must be met by Heathrow:

Six do­mes­tic routes to be added across the UK by 2030.

Com­pen­sa­tion to com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by the ex­pan­sion in­clud­ing noise in­su­la­tion for homes and schools.

Hon­our its com­mit­ment to pay home own­ers 25% above mar­ket value plus costs for homes which are com­pul­sory pur­chased.

Mea­sures to mit­i­gate the im­pact of noise in­clud­ing a ban on sched­uled night flights for sixand-a-half hours.

Get more than half of air­port users onto pub­lic trans­port to meet its pledge of no more air­port-re­lated road traf­fic with ex­pan­sion.

Im­ple­ment mea­sures to limit car­bon and air qual­ity im­pacts dur­ing con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion.

Prove the scheme can be de­liv­ered within the le­gal re­quire­ments on air qual­ity.

Six UK air­ports set to be served by Heathrow fol­low­ing the open­ing of a third run­way have been named.

Af­ter the con­sul­ta­tion the Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment will be voted on by Par­lia­ment later this year be­fore it is des­ig­nated by the Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port.

Heathrow Air­port is then ex­pected to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­pand Heathrow.

A spokesman for Iver Parish Coun­cil said: “This is an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents, busi­ness and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to say what they want a fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tion to con­sider.

“Heathrow ex­pan­sion is linked to large-scale mit­i­ga­tion of its im­pact, par­tic­u­larly for the towns and vil­lages of south Buck­ing­hamshire, and the Iver area in par­tic­u­lar.

“Coun­cils and Heathrow Air­ports Lim­ited will be set­ting out what mit­i­ga­tion is needed and de­mand­ing that road and other im­prove­ments are de­liv­ered in time to pro­tect our res­i­dents, busi­nesses and the Colne Val­ley Park.

The Na­tional Pol­icy State­ment can be found at www.gov.uk/gov­ern­ment/poli­cies/avi­a­tio­nand-air­ports

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