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The commission is due to make a final recommendation to the Government in the next few weeks on which of the three short listed schemes two at Heathrow and one at Gatwick should go ahead.
The Green Party, local councils around Heathrow and the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign are telling the commission it has underestimated the future environmental impacts of airport expansion.
But Heathrow Ltd, which put forward one of the two Heathrow schemes, said the commission’s assessment "confirmed an expanded Heathrow will go beyond meeting local air quality limits".
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Chaired by Sir Howard Davies, the commission issued a further air quality assessment after the UK’s Supreme Court last month set a deadline for the Government to produce new
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Mr Taylor said: "Sir Howard could hold 100 consultations if he wanted but the reality is that building any major new runways would be seriously bad news for air quality, rule out any chance of meeting our climate change targets, and would result in an unprecedented increase in noise levels."
The 2M Group a cross party body of councils surrounding Heathrow said the commission’s assessment estimated pollution levels up to 2030 but that was around 20 years before any expanded airport would reach full capacity.
Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot described the assessment as "not credible or realistic".
Heathrow Airport Ltd submitted its response to the commission’s consultation.
Heathrow’s sustainability and environment director Matt Gorman said: "The commission’s air quality analysis has confirmed an expanded Heathrow will go beyond meeting local air quality limits.
"We worked with local communities and campaign groups so that our new approach to Heathrow expansion would deliver the right environmental solution as well as
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Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said: "The recent Supreme Court ruling means air quality is now even more fundamental to the decision on airport expansion.
"Heathrow currently breaches legal air quality limits and it defies common sense that a third (Heathrow) runway will solve the problem. In contrast, Gatwick has never breached legal air quality limits and its location means it can guarantee that it never will."
Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign chairman Brendon Sewill said: "The commission are seriously underestimating future pollution levels.
"Expanding Gatwick will inevitably increase pollution due to lack of infrastructure infrastructure that can’t be improved."
Reigate MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the Gatwick Co ordination Group a group
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"This adds to the data already established in the consultation that Gatwick’s plan would ruin thousands of lives and push local services and infrastructure beyond their limits."Articles Connexes：