Local community
Local community

Local community

Once the Airports Commission shortlisted our proposal in December 2013 for a third runway we held a major public consultation with local residents, businesses and stakeholders on our proposal. We have also completed a consultation with local communities to help shape our proposed compensation package.

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To help with the process moving forward, we’ve also launched a new Local Community Information site following the Airports Commission recommendation for Heathrow expansion on 1 July 2015.

Feedback from our local community consultations

Over 13,000 people took the chance to have their say on our plans in our earlier consultation, with over a thousand local residents attending 13 public exhibitions.

The consultation was crucial in helping us gain a better understanding of the issues which are most important to residents. We listened carefully and used this feedback to shape the updated and detailed plan which we submitted to the Airports Commission in May 2014.

Ensuring the local community benefits from Heathrow expansion

Over 76,000 people are employed at Heathrow today and a third runway will see up to another 40,000 jobs created in local communities.

As a result of consultations we’ve also been able to minimise negative impacts while increasing the benefits for local communities.

Our proposal now sites the north-west runway further west, which reduces noise impacts and protects more homes and important heritage sites.

The number of people affected by significant noise will reduce by at least 12,000 compared to our original submission. The revised scheme also avoids the need to redevelop the M4/M25 junction and sees the provision of new green spaces and flood mitigation for local communities.

Sources: Taking Britain Further, Volume 1 (Heathrow, 2014), Heathrow Airport north west runway: business case and sustainability assessment (Airports Commission, 2014)

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