London City Airport appeals decision to refuse expansion

PUBLISHED: 13:04 19 May 2015

View of London City Airport from the sky

View of London City Airport from the sky

Andrew Holt

London City Airport has announced it will appeal the Mayor of London’s decision to refuse plans to expand the airport’s runways on noise grounds.

In a letter sent to Newham Council in March, seen by the Recorder, the Mayor of London instructed the local authority’s development control office to refuse planning permission because the airport “does not adequately mitigate and manage its adverse noise impacts”.

As part of its City Airport Development Programme (CADP), City Airport hopes to build additional aircraft infrastructure and passenger facilities, including new taxiways to permit larger planes and more car parking spaces.

“We believe the Mayor’s decision to issue the direction to Newham is the wrong one, ignoring the significant social and economic benefits that the airport’s development will bring, as well as the comprehensive package of measures that the airport has proposed to mitigate and control noise,” an airport spokesman said.

“In addition, it sends the wrong message about investment in the east of London and the capital generally, and seemingly disregards the 2,000 employment opportunities that the CADP will create, as well as the £1.5bn of annual economic impact that an expanded airport will deliver.”

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