Heathrow Airports National Policy Statement

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will the Mayor be submitting his views to the Heathrow NPS consultation, and if so, will he outline the key objectives he wishes to secure as part of the process?


Answer for Heathrow Airports National Policy Statement

Answer for Heathrow Airports National Policy Statement

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, I will be responding to ensure the interests of Londoners are represented.

London urgently needs new airport capacity, but not at any cost. The NPS fails to demonstrate how a third runway can be delivered without significant worsening of noise and air quality - the latter with serious implications for London's ability to meet legal limits. The NPS also provides no assurance that the additional surface access demand as a result of expansion can be accommodated, with no commitments to providing any significant new infrastructure. There are also concerns about the approach of the NPS to climate change and the economic case.

It is my duty to Londoners to oppose a third runway at Heathrow and to push Government for new airport capacity which can, environmentally and economically, meet the needs of London and the UK.