News: 26 June 2018Senior Planning Partner responds to the Heathrow expansion decision

"After decades of debate, this is a historic decision for the South East and the UK as a whole. It will deliver significant economic benefit and business confidence to the country, and attention also now needs to turn to how to best maximise this for the local area and local communities.  

“Because this is more than just a new runway – Heathrow’s expansion needs to be carefully planned for and considered, to ensure the complementary delivery of new homes, hotels, commercial and industrial space and transport connections that will be required. This will be no mean feat, in an area constrained by Green Belt and where existing Local Plans do not accommodate the expected housing need or demand for commercial and hotel space that will go hand in hand with an expanded Heathrow.   

 

“This expansion will change both the spatial map of west London and the western home counties, but also the economic activity of these areas, which will see improved connectivity and a fundamental change in their market perception.  

“We should seek  an overarching strategic plan, so that we have properly planned development in the right places at the right time. Private and public-sector partners need to come together to make this happen. We’ve been sat at these traffic lights for long enough. We’ve finally got the green light – it’s time to get in gear and get moving."

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