The British Government’s Cabinet has approved plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport. The plans had previously been approved by the government’s economic sub-committee, which is chaired by the Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said the third runway will only be built if air quality commitments are met, and announced a £2.6bn compensation offer for residents and noise abatement measures. He said the decision was being taken in the national interest and would benefit the whole of the UK – with 15% of new landing slots at the airport facilitating regional connectivity.
The next stage of the process will take place in the coming weeks when Members of Parliament will vote on the proposed expansion. The third runway is vehemently opposed by environmental groups and some senior MP’s.