Consultation on Heathrow plans takes off
Local meetings to be held to discuss expansion
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