Group agrees airport talks

Representatives of London, South East and East of England planning bodies have joined forces to oppose Heathrow Airport growth.

At the advisory forum on regional planning last week, London mayor Boris Johnson and members of the South East and East of England Regional Assemblies agreed that fullest use should be made of existing aviation facilities.

The stance boosts the case for expanding Kent International Airport over a new airport in the Thames Estuary, as proposed by Johnson (Planning, 14 November, p6).

South East England Regional Assembly chairman Paul Carter said: "I want to work with the mayor to look at making more efficient use of existing infrastructure. Kent International has an appetite for expansion."

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