Heathrow com­pen­sa­tion ‘gen­er­ous’

Ex­tra money for blighted homes but no news yet about pay­outs for ad­di­tional noise

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple whose homes are near Heathrow Air­port will be el­i­gi­ble for new com­pen­sa­tion in the event of an ex­pan­sion, un­der mea­sures an­nounced this week.

About 3,750 peo­ple will be of­fered 25 per cent more than the mar­ket value of their home if a third run­way is built.

De­tails of noise com­pen­sa­tion for those who choose not to sell their prop­er­ties are ex­pected early next year.

The air­port had pre­vi­ously an­nounced plans to pay 25 per cent more than the un­blighted mar­ket value for 750 prop­er­ties in Sip­son and Har­mondsworth that will be sub­ject to com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders (CPOs) if the project goes ahead.

The new mea­sures ex­tend to peo­ple liv­ing in Poyle, Colnbrook, Brands Hill, Har­mondsworth, Sip­son, Har­ling­ton and Cran­ford Cross, but whose houses will not be sub­ject to CPOs.

John Hol­land-Kaye, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Heathrow Air­port, said: “Our pro­pos­als for ex­pan­sion have been de­vel­oped with in­put from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. We are com­mit­ted to treat­ing peo­ple fairly. Peo­ple told us that we should ex­tend our of­fer to home­own­ers liv­ing close to the air­port, and we have lis­tened.

“Now we want to work with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure that lo­cal peo­ple se­cure the jobs and growth that ex­pan­sion at Heathrow will bring.”

Un­der the new mea­sures, the air­port would also pay £7,500 for stamp duty costs and cover any le­gal fees for those wish­ing to sell their prop­er­ties.

The air­port

would also re­fur­bish and sound-in­su­late any prop­er­ties it buys be­fore putting them back up for sale.

John Ste­wart, the head of the Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise (HACAN), a group op­posed to any ex­pan­sion, de­scribed the p ayo u t s as ‘gen­er­ous’.

“It’s cer­tainly a lot more gen­er­ous than they are re­quired to make, but I think ex­tend­ing this of­fer to more peo­ple was in­evitable, be­cause if peo­ple were forced to live so close to a new run­way, life would be un­bear­able.”

How­ever, he added: “What will the [noise] com­pen­sa­tion be? We don’t know. Peo­ple need to know that in or­der to make an in­formed decision.”

The new mea­sures were drawn up based on the re­sults of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions held be­tween July 21 and Oc­to­ber 12 this year.

n PLEA: El­iz­a­beth Hat­ton show­ing her op­po­si­tion in 2009 to the threat to her home of about 50 years in Sip­son, where many peo­ple have en­dured the un­cer­tainty for sev­eral years now Mir­ror li­brary

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