City Airport Expansion

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I remain a strong supporter of City Airport but with the caveat that the environmental problems it causes need to be carefully managed. Can you confirm how you are using your powers to ensure that the noise and air quality 'footprints' of the airport are minimised and kept on a steady downward path?


Answer for City Airport Expansion

Answer for City Airport Expansion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The principle means to monitor and control the noise and air quality impacts of London City Airport's operations rests with Newham Council under the planning arrangements it put in place in 2009 when it approved the airport's most recent expansion. London City Airport is however seeking planning permission to increase the size of the aircraft that the airport could accommodate and my officers have raised strong concerns about the potential impacts these changes might result in. I have therefore instructed my officers to very carefully assess the environmental implications of the changes so I can take a fully informed view of the planning application when it is referred to me by Newham Council later this year. I would also expect any recommendation by Newham Council to approve this application to include a range of robust and transparent mechanisms to monitor, control and limit such emissions to the maximum permissible extent.