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Airports: Heathrow

Volume 707: debated on Monday 26 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of suggestions that the planned Heathrow third runway and sixth terminal will infringe local residents' human rights in respect of noise pollution and stress. [HL776]

The Government’s recent decision to support a third runway at Heathrow has sought to balance environmental, economic and social considerations. It is now for the airport operator to decide how to progress a planning application. Under the new arrangements provided for in the Planning Act 2008, planning applications for nationally significant infrastructure will be considered by the independent Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC). In deciding an application, the IPC must be satisfied that its decision would not be in breach of any domestic legislation or the UK’s international obligations, which would include relevant human rights legislation.