16 MAY 2016
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Sadiq Khan, London’s new mayor, has dropped an objection raised by his predecessor, Boris Johnson, to the planned expansion of London City Airport (LCY).
An increase in aircraft movements to 112,000 per year has already been approved, with Johnson mounting what was perceived as a guerrilla campaign to stop expansion of the airport.
Although approved by the local council, the plans for the airport were personally ‘called-in’ by the then-mayor and were subject to an expensive public inquiry just completed. They included enlarging the terminal, expanding the number of aircraft parking positions and creating a parallel taxiway.
The current eastern stands at LCY are on a deck structure. The airport wants to extend this to create seven more stands on water-covered land owned by the Greater London Authority. Johnson had refused permission for its purchase.
The airport had previously lodged a compulsory-purchase order for the land in an attempt to force the issue and a governmental planning inquiry intended to resolve the impasse began on 10 May.
However, Johnson’s reign ended on 7 May and Khan has now dropped the former mayor’s objection.
The inquiry continues, but without the main objector. The combined reports will go to government ministers for a decision, expected later this year.
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