Oct 12 2009 By Dan Coombs
BAA have insisted they are not giving up on the third runway despite reports that they are abandoning the project.
National newspaper reports yesterday revealed that BAA will not be submitting a planning application for the Heathrow airport expansion until after the next general election- to take place in 2010.
However, a spokesperson told the Gazette today (Monday) that the company have not lost faith in the scheme and maintain it is essential to the UK.
700 homes in Sipson and Harmondsworth villages in Hillingdon, would have to be bulldozed to make space for the third runway and sixth terminal- which was approved by the Government in January.
A BAA spokesperson said: "We remain convinced that a third runway is the only viable, costed and thought through way of meeting the need for extra runway capacity to maintain this country's global connections to the rest of the world, particularly in an era where long haul links to markets such as China and India are increasingly important.
"The process of putting in a planning application is complex, particularly given the new planning structure put in place as recently as October 1st.
"The process was always going to take until after the general election.
"We continue to work on the application and will take as long as is necessary to prepare a proper submission."
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