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London City Airport appeals to Secretary of State against Mayor’s refusal to grant permission to expand
London City Airport has announced that is has appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government against the refusal by London Mayor to grant it planning permission to expand. The appeal is likely to be heard in about five months time.
Earlier this year Boris Johnson overturned Newham Council’s decision to grant the airport permission to create more taxiway space to allow bigger aircraft to use the airport. City was also given permission to double the size of its terminal and create more car parking spaces. But the Mayor turned it down because he believed that the airport was not prepared to give sufficient compensation to residents who would suffer noise.
The expansion plans had proved controversial, with a large number of objections coming from residents and a number of local authorities.
John Stewart, chair of HACAN East, which helped co-ordinate much of the opposition, said, “It is not surprising London City has appealed because they are very keen to get the space to allow bigger planes to use the airport. But we hope the Secretary of State turns down the appeal and backs Boris who stood up for residents whose lives have become blighted by noise from the airport.”
For further information:
John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650