The Government has endorsed a planning inspectorate report that recommended that the £344million expansion of London City Airport should go ahead .
The development could be in place by 2019. Here is a selection of reaction to the news.
London City Airport
• LCY’s chief executive Declan Collier said: “Today, the new Government has shown it is ready to act in the best interests of the British economy.
“Expansion at London City Airport will create more than 2,000 new jobs in east London, add much-needed aviation capacity in the South East, and generate an additional £750 million per year for the UK economy.
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“As the airport serving by far the highest proportion of business travellers in the UK, who do some £11billion of trade in Europe annually, today the Government has sent a strong message that London and the UK are very much open for business. I welcome the decision and look forward to delivering new airport capacity for the south east by 2019.”
London Chamber of Commerce
• London Chamber of Commerce head of policy Rob Griggs said: “This is very welcome news for London’s economy and for the rest of the UK. LCCI has repeatedly said that we need to allow airfield and terminal enhancements at London City Airport to boost capacity in the short-term.
“Ministers must move now to give the go-ahead to new runways at Heathrow and then Gatwick to future-proof the national economy.”
London Borough of Newham
• Ken Clark, cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: “Newham Council has been vindicated by the government’s decision today to approve planning permission for the development of London City Airport.
“We now look forward to continuing to work with London City Airport to ensure that the stringent planning conditions are complied with, while ensuring that the maximum number of the 2,000 jobs are secured for Newham residents and that this vital gateway to London is soon able to welcome more passengers in quieter, more fuel-efficient planes.
“This appeal process, at the behest of the former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has delayed vital investment in east London and burdened Newham Council with the costs of an 11-day planning inquiry. This move was blatant electioneering so that he could secure the Uxbridge seat in Parliament in the 2015 general election. Now his colleagues in government have told him that this application did comply with the Mayor of London’s own noise strategy, as well as national Aviation Policy.”
• Chairman of plane protest group Hacan East John Stewart said: “Residents face a double whammy. Earlier this year London City concentrated all its flight paths. Today the people under these flight paths face the prospect of more and larger planes.
“The airport claims that the expansion will create over a thousand jobs. That is in the realm of speculation. What is certain is that residents’ quality of life will get worse.”
Friends Of The Earth
• Sophie Neuburg, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, said: “This is terrible news for communities in east London which are already badly-hit by air pollution, noise and congestion.
“The Government has been ordered by the Supreme Court to clean up London’s illegally-polluted air as fast as possible, but instead it is taking a step which will make air quality worse.
“It’s disappointing that Sadiq Khan, who has said air pollution must be a top priority, removed a key obstacle to this expansion. He must now stand up for Londoners’ lungs, be consistent on air pollution and commit to bringing London’s air pollution down to legal and safe limits by 2020."
Campaign for Better Transport
• Sustainable transport campaigner Bridget Fox said: “The expansion of London City Airport risks causing a local transport crisis with more congested roads and overcrowded trains and buses unless the promised public transport improvements are delivered.
“This vital investment in greener public transport would also help reduce demand for polluting new roads, like the Silvertown tunnel and proposed Gallions crossing, which are the last thing the area needs.
“London already suffers lethal and illegal levels of noise and air pollution which expanding airports does nothing to address."