Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015
The Government should not back the building of a third runway at Heathrow until a number of key environmental conditions can be met, MPs have urged.
That’s the view of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee which this week published a report insisting that if the administration opts for expansion at Heathrow it must be able to reconcile this with meeting legal air pollution limits.
The all-party group of MPs also said that ministers would have to be in a position to commit to covering the costs of surface transport improvements, introducing a night flight ban and be able to show that an expanded Heathrow would be less noisy than a two-runway Heathrow.
A decision is due later this month on the independent Airport Commission’s recommendation for a bigger Heathrow.
Committee, Huw Irranca-Davies MP said: “To defer dealing with the environmental impact of a third runway would be irresponsible and could lead to legal challenges as a result of the potential damage to public health from increased air pollution and noise.
“If the Government decides to accept the Commission’s recommendation for a third runway in principle, we will seek assurances from the Secretary of State for Transport that environmental conditions will be met before it is given final approval.”