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It would make sense to develop another airport in the Midlands or North. One of the reasons Brexit succeeded was due to many areas of the UK feeling, rightly, that London and the South East receives most of the investment, I have family in Essex and the aircraft noise there from LCY departures, not even including aircraft in a holding pattern for LHR, has ramped up substantially in the last few years.
I would have thought their best route to winning approval from local residents now would be to donate/invest in facilities in the local area – though maybe that's what they're doing, as they did say they've increased the number of undisturbed hours without a flight. I just think some infrastructure in the area, a new leisure centre or a mall with triple glazing could go a long way to appeasing people
I figure the vast majority of those campaigning against the expansion would not be directly affected by it. Yes, climate change, pollution and all that long term stuff, but less so by short term direct issues like noise because they live next door? So appeasing those in the local area, the people you need on your side, would be the best route now. If over 50% of those living next door didn't care, it would be harder for those opposed who don't live next door to get a word in.
So the lesson is, if you want to protect the environment by stopping progress, you need to live next door to an airport where your voice will be loudest
No surprise considering the 2050 targets. Not sure where the solution would actually lie, as no matter what happens, planes aren't going to be that much cleaner to operate in 2050 anyway... so unless the human race advances remarkably quickly, airports as we know them are something that will be staying put. I for one will not be taking a sea voyage to the UK
Heathrow Airport’s plans to increase capacity of Europe’s biggest travel hub by over 50 per cent were stalled on Thursday when a British court said the UK Government failed to consider its commitment to combat climate change when it approved the project.