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Airport expansion sparks concerns over noise and housing

Gatwick Airport, aerial view of new passenger bridge at Pier 6 and North Terminal Apron including runways, June 2005, Image ref CGA00963, A.C

Gatwick Airport, aerial view of new passenger bridge at Pier 6 and North Terminal Apron including runways, June 2005, Image ref CGA00963, A.C

A second runway at Gatwick would bring noise pollution and intensify the housing shortage, it has been claimed.

The Airports Commission has included a wide-spaced southern runway at Gatwick Airport in its shortlist of options for expanding UK airport capacity.

Peter Jordan, a member of the Ifield Village Association, said this would bring the threat of aircraft flying across the north of Ifield.

He said: “Ifield Village Conservation Area is in the north west corner of Crawley, adjacent to open country popular with walkers.

“This quiet area of Victorian houses with a sprinkling of much older listed buildings surrounds a village green, with an ancient church and pub nearby.

“Ifield Village is disturbed every few minutes by aircraft climbing out of Gatwick Airport about a mile to the north.

“The new runway would obliterate Bonnets Lane and cut Charlwood Road on the northern edge of the Village. It would also skirt the northern edge of Langley Green and Crawley’s Industrial estate.

“GAL (Gatwick Airport Ltd) has commissioned a study which predicts that airport expansion could bring many new jobs.

“If this is true, these jobs would bring in migrants from other parts of Britain and Europe, who would need up to 40,000 new houses.

“Crawley already has a housing crisis; new houses would be built on open country in neighbouring authorities.

“Ifield Village could be absorbed into massive new housing estates and lose its access to open country.

“Many people originally came to Crawley to raise families in a peaceful market town. A new runway would be the end of that dream, doubling the size of the town and making it into a service area for an enlarged airport.”

 

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