Built Environment Group (Planning) - News

    View Author March 2009

    Heathrow Third Runway given the 'Amber Light'

    Since the launch of the Government’s consultation "Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport" in November 2007, controversy has been rife. Widespread concerns over both environmental and social impacts of the proposal have dominated headlines but the Government and BAA argue that a new runway is necessary for the survival of the airport which operates at close to maximum capacity.

    In response to the Government’s Amber Light to the third runway protesters have become more ingenious in their plans to thwart BAA. Comedian Alistair McGowan, actress Emma Thompson, Tory environmental advisor Zac Goldsmith and Greenpeace jointly purchased a plot of land earmarked for the third runway and are encouraging others to do likewise. Although the Government can use its powers of compulsory purchase, the existence of hostile landowners will delay progress and increase costs.


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