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'SHORT-SIGHTED' BAA SLATED OVER UNNECESSARY AIRPORT RUNWAY PLANS

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Senior representatives from three south-east regional planning bodies have slammed the British Airports Authority f...
Senior representatives from three south-east regional planning bodies have slammed the British Airports Authority for short-sightedness, claiming plans to build more runways in the area will not meet future travel needs.

The Greater London Authority, the South East England Regional Assembly and the East of England Regional Assembly met for an advisory forum earlier this month to discuss the BAA plans.

A key resolution of the forum was to encourage the government to place a greater emphasis on regional airports taking on air traffic from their own regions.

Advisory forum chair Keith Mitchell (Con) asserted that most people using airports in the south-east were not local residents - a problem that will only be compounded by the construction of more runways in the area.

'[The result] will be that jobs and investment will be diverted from the originating regions and increase congestion and pollution in the south-east,' said Mr Mitchell.

London deputy mayor Nicky Gavron [Lab] agreed.

'Where new capacity is built, it must support regional policy.'

Ms Gavron added that the BAA plans to scatter three runways across three south-east airports 'do not reflect regional priorities and continues the 'predict and provide' approach to airport planning'.

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