MPs vote to expand Heathrow
by Natalie Vincent Tue 26 June 2018, 10:58 am
Parliament has ended 50 years of debate, by voting overwhelmingly in favour of expanding Heathrow airport in a landmark vote last night.
The votes were split 415 to 119 across the political parties, with a majority of 296 supporting the government’s Airports National Policy Statement, which clears the way for Heathrow to submit an application for development consent for the project, with construction to start in 2021.
Heathrow also plans to sign £150 million in contracts with British businesses, creating 900 jobs and 200 apprenticeships to support employment growth; this, it is hoped, will unlock billions of pounds in growth and creating tens of thousands of skilled jobs across the UK in the early years of Brexit.
Over the past six years, Heathrow worked with local residents to deliver an expansion plan that will include a £2.6 billion compensation package to local resident; put in place a six-and-a-half hour ban on scheduled night flights and a 'triple-lock' guarantee to meet air quality obligations.
The airport will also release plans over the coming months to deliver a skills strategy so local residents can benefit from up to 40,000 skilled airport jobs that the expanded Heathrow requires, and help reduce youth unemployment.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: "Parliament has ended 50 years of debate by deciding that Heathrow expansion will go ahead. This vote will see us deliver more jobs, create a lasting legacy of skills for future generations and guarantee expansion is delivered responsibly. We are grateful that MPs have made the right choice for Britain and today we start work to create the best-connected hub airport in the world."