Campaign group slams Gatwick Airport compensation plan

W29508H13''Gatwick Airport Feature. Planes
W29508H13''Gatwick Airport Feature. Planes

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) has said the airport’s offer of £1,000 to 4,100 households most seriously affected by noise from a second runway would be tiny compared to the loss of house values.

Gatwick Airport announced the annual compensation payment to people living under what would be the new flight path this morning (Monday March 10).

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “Expansion at Gatwick would, without doubt, deliver many upsides for our local community in terms of jobs and investment.

“But we must also recognise the negative noise impacts on local people from more flights. Gatwick’s location obviously means that comparatively fewer people would be affected by a new runway. However, I believe we must do more to help those that would be affected.”

This afternoon GACC, one of the groups against a second runway at Gatwick Airport, has responded to the offer.

In a statement the group said: “On the measurement of noise favoured by the European Union, the number of people affected by noise from a new runway, would be 48,000 (compared to 10,000 at present).

“£1,000 would be tiny compared to the loss of house values. The payment would not be made until after the new runway were built.

“It would do nothing to compensate anyone affected by the new flight paths currently being planned. The payment would be small compared to the deterioration in the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people – the urbanisation caused by 40,000 new houses, loss of countryside, pressure on schools, hospitals, road and rail.”