Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016
Approval granted for £344m London City Airport expansion scheme including the creation of seven new aircraft stands and a new taxiway…
The new Transport Secretary and Communities Secretary have jointly approved proposals to expand London City Airport with seven new aircraft stands and a new taxiway which would allow the facility to accommodate larger – but quieter - new generation aircraft. Work on the existing terminal building is also involved.
The £344m scheme had been backed by Newham Council subject to many conditions (many to do with noise impacts) but the then London mayor Boris directed the project should be refused on noise grounds last year.
The airport currently occupies a site of nearly 49-hectares in the Royal Docks between the Royal Albert Dock and KGV Dock some 3.2 kilometres from Canary Wharf.
The inspector who held the appeal inquiry recommended the scheme should go ahead. In their joint decision letter the Transport Secretary and Communities Secretary concluded: “the significant socio-economic and employment benefits that would result from the proposal would outweigh the harm that they have identified due to increased noise and conflict with Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP) policies regarding the use of the Docks”
The airport operator will have to draw up a comprehensive package of noise management and mitigation measures.
In a statement Newham Council said the go-ahead for the proposals “vindicated” its earlier stance to approve the project “with more than a hundred conditions designed to both protect our residents from noise pollution, and secure economic benefits for our residents and the wider UK economy.”