Khan signals support for City Airport expansion designs

19 May 2016, Blog

In one of the first moves to show a change of direction from the former mayor, Sadiq Khan has withdrawn City Hall’s decision to block the purchase of a piece of land needed for City Airport’s expansion.

The airport’s plans for expansion received consent from Newham Council, but Boris Johnson rejected the approval on the grounds of noise nuisance and instigated a planning inquiry. The results of this inquiry are expected this summer.

A spokesperson for Mr Khan explained his decision to lift the block: “The mayor has decided to withdraw the objection to this proposed compulsory purchase of land owned by City Hall following new evidence recently submitted by London City Airport and ongoing negotiations.”

Although the results of the Planning Inspectorate’s report are still key, and Mr Khan has made clear that he still has concerns over noise disruption, his recent actions send a signal of his support to the government, who have the final say over whether the expansion will go ahead. It also demonstrates a pragmatic attitude from the new mayor in his aim to be the most “pro business mayor ever.” 

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