Heathrow consultation takes off
by Natalie Vincent Tue 2 January 2018, 12:03 pm
Heathrow Airport has invited local communities to share their views on its expansion plans in a 10-week public consultation on possible expansion and future operations, launching in January.
Residents and stakeholders are expected to comment on the airport's infrastructure design plans for expansion, ideas for managing and reducing environmental and community impacts, and future design proposals for the airspace around Heathrow.
Heathrow has committed to compensating property owners for the unaffected market value of their homes, plus an additional 25% home loss payment, stamp duty, legal fees and moving costs.
It also promised to introduce a six-and-a-half-hour ban on scheduled night flights and to only release new time slot capacities if it keeps to strict air quality controls.
Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow's executive director for expansion, urged local residents to take part in the consultation: "Expanding Heathrow is pivotal to Britain's future prosperity and it’s a chance to make the airport a better neighbour for our local communities.
"By working together throughout the consultation, the public can help shape our plans and, jointly, we can ensure that expansion delivers for our passengers, businesses across Britain and importantly for our local communities."
The consultation starts 17 January and is due to end on 28 March, with feedback from participants shaping detailed proposals ahead of a second consultation in 2019.