Havering environment group ‘very pleased’ about Boris’ airport expansion refusal
PUBLISHED: 15:03 27 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:04 27 March 2015
An environment group is welcoming the decision to reject airport expansion plans.
Havering Friends of the Earth is “very pleased” following Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s refusal to expand runways at London City Airport in Silvertown, Newham, on noise grounds.
The mayor instructed Newham Council, which had previously approved the move, to refuse the planning application, which could have seen more planes flying over Havering.
Under the proposals, there could have been up to 45 flights per hour – one flight every 80 seconds – at peak times over Collier Row and Hornchurch.
Friends of the Earth spokeswoman Rosina Purnell, from Hornchurch, said: “We have been campaigning against it for many years and we’re very pleased to see it has been turned down. I expect people in Hornchurch and Collier Row will be very pleased.
“We have been campaigning long and hard with this because we’re very concerned about planes flying over urban areas and I think any sort of expansion is just not appropriate where we are.”
She added: “It’s about quality of life – usually it’s bad enough, the planes are very noisy now and we are affected by that. We’re not just overflown by City Airport, it’s Heathrow as well.”
The Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN) also campaigned against the expansion.
HACAN East’s John Stewart said: “The airport is paying the price for being so cavalier about noise. Quite simply, Boris did not believe its claims that it was dealing adequately with noise. We salute his decision”
The mayor refused permission on the grounds that “it does not adequately mitigate and manage its adverse noise impacts”.
London City Airport chief executive officer Declan Collier said: “The decision goes against everything that the mayor supports and promotes.
“It is ironic that the Mayor of London, whose platform has always been one of advantage for business in London, is denying the capital the business opportunity presented by growth at London City Airport.”
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