Heathrow CEO to TSC Chair: We will provide you with regular updates on our progress in meeting the Committee’s expansion recommendations
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has written to the Chair of the Parliamentary Transport Select Committtee (TSC), Lillian Greenwood MP, to offer regular updates on how the expansion project progresses against the Committee’s recommendations.
It is worth noting that when the final Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) was laid before Parliament, the Secretary of State announced that the government had accepted 24 out of the 25 TSC recommendations and that these were either now reflected in the revised NPS or would be covered by the Development Consent Order (DCO) process or CAA regulation, as appropriate.
The letter reads:
I want to thank you and your Committee for your excellent work in assessing the draft National Policy Statement.
In his statement last week when he laid the proposed NPS before Parliament, the Secretary of State announced that the government had accepted 24 out of the 25 recommendations and that these were either now reflected in the revised NPS or would be covered by the Development Consent Order (DCO) process or CAA regulation, as appropriate.
This approach is consistent with that taken with the Airports Commission recommendations,where some have been explicitly reflected in the NPS and some will be subject to development,consultation and then independent examination through the DCO process. We have made good progress already in delivering against the AC recommendations, for example, by becoming an accredited Living Wage employer and establishing the Community Engagement Board under an
Your Committee has played a critical role in establishing a cross-party consensus on Heathrow expansion, which will support jobs and economic growth in all the regions and nations of the UK while addressing important environmental issues. I would be happy to provide you with a regular progress report to give you confidence that your recommendations are being addressed and allow you to hold us to account during the DCO process.
In particular, I thought your Committee might value this opportunity as we proceed with further scheme development, environmental assessment, stakeholder engagement and community consultation to hear from us at two key stages in the DCO process. The first would be in early 2019 when we carry out our statutory consultation on our preferred scheme. The second would be when we consider the results of that consultation and settle on the scheme for our DCO application in late 2019/early 2020. We would be pleased to come and see the Committee on both of those occasions. I am copying this letter to your fellow Committee Members and to the Clerk of the Committee.
Please do let me know if you would like to discuss this further.
John Holland Kaye,