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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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Zac Goldsmith: Third Heathrow runway 'not going to happen'

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who is seeking nomination as the party's candidate for London mayor and has been a vocal opponent of a third runway, said:

Zac Goldsmith Credit: PA

It's not going to happen. I don't think anyone believes Heathrow expansion is possible or deliverable politically. There are conditions in this report on air quality and noise pollution that are irreconcilable with Heathrow expansion.

– Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park

Mr Goldsmith said he would honour his pledge to stand down as an MP and force a by-election in his Richmond Park constituency if a Conservative government gives the green light to the third runway option.

Community 'betrayed by Cameron' over Heathrow

Labour MP John McDonnell, whose Hayes and Harlington constituency includes Heathrow, said:

My community has been absolutely betrayed by David Cameron who said 'No ifs, no buts, no third runway'.

We will fight with every mechanism available, including political lobbying, legal action and where necessary direct action to save our homes and community.

The Davies proposals will result in 4,000 homes being demolished or rendered unlivable by air and noise pollution, including the demolition of schools, community centres and places of worship.

The Davies proposal for a third runway at Heathrow will provoke the biggest environmental campaign the UK and Europe has seen. The fight goes on.

– John McDonnell, Labour MP
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