Bill to extend local control over airport pollution

A Private Member's Bill to extend planning controls over airports received its first reading in the House of Commons on 15 July. Its sponsor claimed that airports are "probably the last major polluters, largely free of pollution control and not subject to rights of redress of individual citizens."

The Airports (Town and Country Planning) Bill was brought in by John Denham (Lab, Southampton Itchen), with support from another 11 Labour MPs.

Mr Denham's interest stems from current plans to increase the number of passengers passing through Eastleigh airport, near Southampton, from 400,000 to one million per year. Local residents who expected the planning system to protect their interests have found it to be "woefully deficient", he sai

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