The Heathrow airport controversy


On 15 January 2009, the Government announced its policy decisions on the future of Heathrow airport following the consultation "Adding capacity at Heathrow Airport".

The main bone of contention is the option of a third runway at Heathrow Airport with additional passenger terminal facilities and a slightly longer runway.

Public feelings are running high regarding an additional runway being built, especially in the village of Sipson, where at least 700 homes will have to be demolished to make way for the runway.

The decision

The Government has confirmed its support for a third runway and is satisfied that the conditions set out in the White Paper can be met. It is also committed to imposing the strict environmental conditions set out in the White Paper regarding noise and air quality limits.


The expansion of Heathrow airport is proving to be extremely controversial with political opposition from the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Mayor of London and environmental oppositions from various professional bodies, institutions and some very high profile individuals.

The residents in Sipson have already been receiving letters from solicitors regarding compulsory purchase and compensation, but some residents believe them to be hasty and insensitive. Whilst some believe the fight has only just begun, some have resigned themselves to the village being doomed.

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