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Local community

Property compensation

People affected by the expansion of Heathrow deserve fair compensation. That is why we have set out our plans to compensate those who stand to lose their property or are likely to be significantly affected by aircraft noise. Details of our proposed compensation scheme are below.

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These compensation and mitigation proposals will be consulted on in detail as part of the planning process over the next few years. Residents will be able to put forward views as part of this and we will take all feedback into account. The first phase of public consultation will be held in Summer 2017. In addition, we will continue to engage with potentially affected people on an ongoing basis.

Property impact – Compulsory Acquisition

In order to construct the new runway and associated buildings and taxiways, we will need to purchase and demolish approximately 750 properties in Harmondsworth and Longford, the majority of which are peoples’ homes but which will include some local businesses as well.

We will apply for powers to compulsorily acquire these properties (often referred to as compulsory purchase) as part of our application for development consent for the project.

The boundary for the compulsory purchase zone based on current proposals is shown below in red (and shaded yellow):

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We have set out plans to offer compensation for owner-occupiers of homes and small businesses that will need to be acquired to build the third runway. This compensation offer includes:

  • the unaffected market value of the property; plus
  • a home loss payment of 25 per cent of the unaffected market value; plus
  • stamp duty costs for purchase of a replacement property of equivalent value; plus
  • reasonable legal and moving costs.

Over the last few years we have written to all households that fall within the anticipated compulsory purchase zone. If you are unsure if your property falls within this proposed zone, you can contact the community relations team.

We do not currently intend to start purchasing properties until development consent has been received from the Government. Our current expectation is this will be sometime in 2020. Before then Heathrow will need to go through a detailed planning process.

Given the economic regulation of airport operators, this offer is subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Questions? Click here to see our Frequently Asked Questions section on our new local community information site.

Wider Property Offer

For homeowners living in very close proximity to the expanded airport, we have set out proposals that will give people the choice to either remain in their home or sell their home to us. Under our proposal home-owners within this wider property offer zone (shown below shaded in yellow) would be offered the same terms as those in the Compulsory Acquisition area:

  • the unaffected market value of the property; plus
  • a home loss payment being 25% of the unaffected market value; plus
  • stamp duty costs for purchase of a replacement home at an equivalent value; plus
  • reasonable legal fees and moving costs.

The wider property offer would cover approximately 3,750 homes in the towns of Poyle, Colnbrook, Brands Hill, Harmondsworth, Sipson, Harlington and Cranford Cross.

The boundary for the wider property offer zone based on current proposals is shown below in purple (and shaded yellow):

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The wider property offer scheme would open after development consent has been granted for the third runway project and construction of the project begins. It would remain open until a year after the new runway has begun operating so that local people have as long as possible to decide whether they wish to move away. The scheme would then be closed and no further purchases considered under it.

Residents in this area would also be eligible for noise mitigation – click here to find out more information.

Given the economic regulation of airport operators, the wider property offer is subject to approval by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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