Airport expansion poses a significant threat to local homes and communities. Manchester Airport wishes to expand the World Freight Centre on the south side of the airport. This will involve the demolition of local homes at Hasty Lane – take a guided tour.
Peter Johnson and other residents have been vocal and active in their opposition to the plans. In February 2010, Hasty Lane was twinned with Sipson Village near Heathrow. At the time, Sipson was also facing the threat of demolition by plans to build a third runway at Heathrow.
Hasty Lane residents were successful in saving one of their buildings ‘Rose Cottage‘ from destruction. However, the revised expansion plans would make the Grade II listed building unliveable as a family home and the building would become incorporated into World Freight Centre development.
Holly Johnson, who lives on Hasty Lane said, “Our homes are under from Manchester Airport. Our local councillors voted against the plans, but this decision was overturned. Its good that people are taking a stance and supporting us.”
In June 2010, Manchester Airport produced a document entitled, “The Need for Land” detailing exactly how the Airport wants to expand over the next 20 years.
For other local homes, noise caused by aircraft is an increasing problem.
Written January 2011. For more up-to-date info on threats to local homes from Manchester Airport expansion see www.StopManchesterAirport.org.uk