Saturday, 12 July 2014

Relocating wildlife will cost billions if Thames airport goes ahead

Providing alternative habitats for wildlife could cost up to £2bn if a proposed Thames Estuary airport is built, reports the BBC.

London Mayor Boris Johnson proposed that an airport should be built on the Isle of Grain, the easternmost point of the Hoo Peninsula in Medway in Kent.

However a report published by the government's Airports Commission said it would "radically and irreversibly" change the landscape, which is "noted for its remoteness".

The report said: "An airport would need to demonstrate that there are no feasible alternatives. A large area of compensation habitat creation would be required and this would be on a scale unprecedented for any single development in Europe."

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