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Planning: Hillingdon

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department has provided to the London borough of Hillingdon in the development of its local planning policies, framework and guidance, with particular regard to (a) the proposed development of the third runway and (b) a sixth terminal at Heathrow airport. (197789)

The London borough of Hillingdon has been advised that in order for the council to submit a sound core strategy (as part of the Local Development Framework), it must develop some strategic spatial development options for the borough and that it is not possible to do this without recognition of Heathrow as a key driver of economic development within the area.

However, it is recognised that the council would not wish to produce a Local Development Framework that sets out a strategy based only on expansion at Heathrow (beyond T5) and therefore advice on a possible approach has been given. The approach is for the council to consider appropriate strategic spatial options for development in the borough that take as a starting point a range of scenarios for the future development of the airport, including for example, additional capacity by addition of a third runway. This approach would allow the core strategy strategic spatial options to take account of the impact of these scenarios on future development patterns for housing and employment land within the borough.

The council has been advised that it is not appropriate for realistic strategic spatial options, that are not supported by the council, to be excluded from consideration, particularly in relation to the expansion of Heathrow (beyond T5) which is Government policy.

It is ultimately for the council to decide how to take forward the preparation of the core strategy.