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Heathrow Airport: Planning Permission

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a planning application for a third runway at Heathrow would fall to be decided by the Infrastructure Planning Commission. (252656)

The decision to submit a planning application for a third runway at Heathrow and the timing of such an application are matters for the airport operator. The Government envisage that the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) will be established and able to start giving advice to potential applicants this autumn and ready to begin receiving applications from spring 2010. Whether or not the IPC would act as the decision maker on such an application is also dependent on the availability of a designated national policy statement on airports, which is planned for publication in draft by 2011.