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Airports Commission backs new runway at Heathrow

A long-awaited report by the Airport Commission into airport capacity has recommended that a new runway should be built at Heathrow rather than Gatwick.

The options considered were a third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing one, or building a second runway at Gatwick.

The commission recommended a new runway at Heathrow providing a "comprehensive" package of measures be undertaken, including a ban on night flights, a new levy to fund insulation for homes, schools and other community facilities around Heathrow, and an independent noise authority.

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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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