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Heathrow expansion consultation begins

The Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday began a consultation on how
airport development at Heathrow might affect those living near to the airport.
This latest assessment comes days after top UK businesses lent their support to plans for a third runway at the airport.

The Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) forms part of the Impact Assessment for the "Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport" consultation document and will look to establish the impact of airport development on different groups in terms of race, disability, age and social deprivation.

Aviation Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "Aviation contributes over £11bn to the economy and Heathrow alone supports over 100,000 jobs.

"While Heathrow is vital to the UK's economy, we have always made clear that expansion will only go ahead if strict local environmental conditions on air quality and noise can be met and improvements made to public transport access to the airport.

"[The EqIA] will look specifically at whether there are groups of individuals who would feel the effects of development more keenly, either positively or negatively, as a result of their particular sensitivity to the impacts."

The final Heathrow Impact Assessment, will be published alongside final Ministerial decisions on Heathrow later this year.

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