Statement on London City Airport Planning Appeal

27 July 2016 in Council and democracy and Regeneration
Ken Clark, cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: “Newham Council has been vindicated by the government’s decision today to approve planning permission for the development of London City Airport. In February 2015, after thorough scrutiny, the council’s Strategic Development Committee granted approval for this proposal, with more than a hundred conditions designed to both protect our residents from noise pollution, and secure economic benefits for our residents and the wider UK economy.
​“We now look forward to continuing to work with London City Airport to ensure that the stringent planning conditions are complied with, while ensuring that the maximum number of the 2,000 jobs  are secured for Newham residents and that this vital gateway to London is soon able to welcome more passengers in quieter, more fuel-efficient planes.

“This appeal process, at the behest of the former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, has delayed vital investment in east London and burdened Newham Council with the costs of an 11-day planning inquiry. This move was blatant electioneering so that he could secure the Uxbridge seat in Parliament in the 2015 general election. Now his colleagues in government have told him that this application did comply with the Mayor of London’s own noise strategy, as well as national Aviation Policy.”