MPs demand tough conditions

Heathrow ‘must demonstrate green commitments’

Heathrow must demonstrate it can meet tough environmental conditions on noise and pollution before the UK government gives it the nod for a third runway, a parliamentary committee has said in a report.

The environmental audit committee must match any expansion to introducing a ban on night flights, meeting air quality requirements and show and showing it would be less noisy than current levels.

A government-appointed Airports Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies came down marginally in favour of Heathrow as the preferred site for London airport expansion in July, though it left the door open to build a second runway at Gatwick.

Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to decide by the end of the year, with some sources suggesting that an indicative decision could be announced before the end of this week.

However, the debate on Syria is likely to push any verdict back, and possibly into the new year.


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