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Aviation

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many airports (a) which have runway development plans approved in the Future of Air Transport White Paper and (b) where land is safeguarded for future development have implemented voluntary plans to tackle generalised blight; (144826)

(2) which of the airports (a) which have runway development plans approved in the Future of Air Transport White Paper and (b) where land is safeguarded for future development have implemented voluntary schemes to address general blight.

“The Future of Air Transport” White Paper invited airport operators to bring forward voluntary schemes to address generalised blight where new runways are supported by the White Paper or where land is safeguarded for future development. The Government published a progress report in December 2006, reaffirming their commitment to the strategy set out in the White Paper. BAA has implemented voluntary blight schemes at Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports. Schemes have also been introduced by the operators of Birmingham and Luton airports.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK airports have safeguarded land for future development. (144835)

This is a matter for airport operators in conjunction with local planning authorities. Airport master plans, encouraged in “The Future of Air Transport” White Paper, do, however, set out airport-specific development proposals in detail. Most airports have now published master plans on their websites.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which UK airports had runway development approved in the Future of Air Transport White Paper. (144837)

“The Future of Air Transport” White Paper does not authorise or preclude particular development, but sets out a policy framework against which interested parties can plan ahead and which will guide decisions on future planning applications. The Government published a progress report in December 2006, reaffirming its commitment to the strategy set out in the White Paper. In the South East, the White Paper supports a second runway at Stansted and an additional runway at Heathrow, providing strict environmental conditions can be met. A new runway at Birmingham and the safeguarding of land at Edinburgh for a new runway are also supported.