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Gatwick bosses accuse runway reports of using 'inaccurate assumptions'

Bosses at Gatwick Airport have criticised a report recommending a new runway should be built at Heathrow, accusing it of relying on an inaccurate 'economic modelling of assumptions'.

easyJet plane landing at Gatwick Airport Credit: PA

Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board, said the Airports Commission had understated both Gatwick's strengths and the challenges faced by Heathrow when it made its decision to favour a new runway at the west London airport.

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We are quite absolutely sure that what they have finally settled on does not make sense, and we will be putting that point as strongly as we can to the Government.

– Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the Gatwick Airport Board

Will the planning law changes lead to a building boom?

The Government has announced it's relaxing planning laws - which it hopes will lead to a building boom in London. The proposals unveiled by the government include freeing up brownfield sites and bypassing planning persmissions for home extenstions.

Critics say treasured spots could be at risk of unregulated development. Political Correspondent Simon Harris looks into the detail behind the announcements.

Planning laws to relax to allow London to expand upwards

The government has announced it will devolve greater planning laws to London, to enable homeowners to extend their properties to the height of an adjoining building without planning permission.

The new laws are part of a range of measures announced by Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid.

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Boris: Heathrow development plans would be disaster

Boris Johnson has told ITV News that the Airport Commission's proposals for a third runway at Heathrow will lead to a massive increase in noise and air pollution over London and suggested little has changed since the West London airport's first plans for redevelopment three years ago.

The Mayor of London seemed wary that the planned expansion would lead to the erosion of a night flight ban and eventually a fourth runway, which Mr Johnson said would be a "real disaster".

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