Gatwick homes to get council tax paid

Around 4,000 households most affected by noise from a possible second runway at Gatwick will get £1,000 towards their council tax, bosses of the West Sussex airport have promised.

Compensation option being considered

A plane comes in to land at Gatwick Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The pledge to give households £1000 towards their council tax as compensation for the noise from a second runway is equivalent to Band A council tax.

Gatwick chiefs are pressing hard for an extra runway and such an option is on the shortlist now being considered by the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission.

Under the leadership of former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies, the commission is due to make its final recommendation for a new runway in summer 2015.