Government gives City permission to expand

The Government announced today that it had given London City Airport permission to expand.  It endorsed the recommendation of the Inspector who heard evidence at a Public Inquiry held earlier this year.

City Airport will be allowed to build a taxiway and more parking spaces in order to accommodate the larger planes it wants to bring in.  The terminal will also be expanded to cater for the increase in passenger numbers.  And there will parking facilities built.

The Airport has been keen to get expansion because the larger planes will allow it to serve destinations like Moscow and Istanbul, further afield than most of its destinations are at present.

But residents will be hit hard.  London City got permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to concentrate its flight paths earlier this year.  Now those residents face the prospect of more, and larger, planes.

To read the Government decision:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-applications-called-in-decisions-and-recovered-appeals

  

UPDATE: City Airport Planning Inquiry - HACAN East gives evidence

City Airport Public Inquiry - Update

 

HACAN East chair calls for insulation to match the best in Europe

John Stewart, chair of HACAN East issued a call on Friday 18 March for London City Airport to provide insulation for many more residents, to match the best noise mitigation of all airports in Europe. The call came during the opening week of the Public Inquiry into the airport’s expansion plans.

We are calling for City Airport to offer compensation for residents that match the levels offered by the best airports in Europe. If expansion goes ahead, the number of people overflown by City Airport planes will be higher than that of any airport in the UK, other than Heathrow and Manchester.  Airports like Frankfurt or Charles de Gaulle in Paris are twice as generous with the insulation schemes offered to residents as London City.

City Airport wants to expand in order to allow more air traffic movements.  Newham Council, the planning authority, gave permission for the airport to expand in February 2015, but this was overturned by Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, on noise grounds the following month. The airport appealed against the Mayor’s decision.  The result is this public inquiry.  

Lawyers for the Mayor argued in the opening week of the Inquiry that City Airport should compensate more people than it is prepared to do in the event of expansion happening.

HACAN East remains firmly opposed to the expansion.

The Inquiry sits at City Hall and is expected to last until April 7.

More information about the Inquiry can be found at http://lcy-appeal.persona-pi.com/index

 

Below are our submissions of evidence to the Inquiry.

HACAN East’s opening statement

Evidence of John Stewart

Evidence of Alan Haughton

 

EXPANSION PUBLIC INQUIRY: HACAN EAST’S STATEMENT OF CASE

 

HACAN East will be giving evidence to the Public Inquiry in March 2016 where London City Airport’s appeal to expand was refused – on noise grounds – by the Mayor of London.

London City wants to expand the taxiways, build bigger parking bays for the aircraft and expand the size of the terminal to allow bigger planes and more passengers to use the airport.

You can read HACAN East’s Statement of Case here:

HACANEastStatemnetOfCaseFinal

CAMPAIGN GROUP TO TAKE ON AIRPORT AT PUBLIC INQUIRY

 

Local campaign group Hacan East has been granted Rule 6 Status at a planning inquiry assessing whether or not City Airport should be granted permission to expand.

‘Rule 6 Status’ means the group will be recognised as a formally involved party at the Inquiry, due to begin in March.

The other Rule 6 parties are the Mayor of London, Newham Council and London City Airport.  Their statements of case are below.  The Public Inquiry will be held in March next year.  It follows the Mayor of London’s refusal to approve City Airport’s expansion proposals on noise grounds (1).

The Airports wants a bigger terminal and new taxiways to allow bigger planes to use the airport which would enable it to serve destinations further way  – places like Moscow and Istanbul – in addition to the short-haul destinations it mostly serves today.

On receiving the news that the Planning Inspectorate had granted the group Rule 6 Status, HACAN East Chair John Stewart said: “This will be the chance for a residents-led group to go face-to-face with City Airport bosses to question them on their expansion proposals, which would inflict unacceptable noise and air pollution on east Londoners.”

Newham Council granted planning permission in February but Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London directed the council to refuse such permission.(1)

(1) http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/boris-johnson-ditches-200m-london-city-airport-expansion-plans-10137328.html

Statements of Case (the arguments the different bodies will be putting forward at the Public Inquiry).  HACAN East’s will be available at the end of September.

London City’s: FULL STATEMENT OF CASE – STATEMENT OF CASE 15 5 15 FINAL

Mayor of London Statement of Case – 19 August 2015 APPG5750W153035673

Newham’s: Statement of Case on Behalf of the Local Planning Authority (Final) 19.8…