Heathrow expansion should commit to offering replacement homes to displaced residents, says hotel tycoon
Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora hotel group, has called for residents impacted by Heathrow expansion to get a much better deal if a new runway goes ahead.
Heathrow expansion must be delivered in a sustainable manner and “be respectful to local communities”, according to Surinder Arora, the hotel tycoon proposing a cheaper alternative to Heathrow’s expensive Third Runway plans.
The Arora Group’s proposals seek to rein in Heathrow’s “gold plated” plans and reduce land take by 23%. That may be seen as good news in Colnbrook – at least by those not banking land to make a quick profit in 2020.
But Arora has implicitly criticised the “world class” compensation schemes being offered by Heathrow.
Local residents impacted by expansion should be provided with more choice in terms of compensation options, the hotelier says.
“The developer of the expansion should go further than the current compensation plans do and should commit to the provision of replacement homes as an alternative to compulsory purchase and displacement from the area”.
Initial assessments show that Arora Group’s proposals would represent “no overall increase in adverse impacts” over Heathrow’s own North West scheme.
Mr Arora said:
“The Arora Group’s proposals, if adopted, would reduce the area of land required for airport expansion allowing for the retention of existing business and community.
“It is of utmost importance to Arora Group that impact on the local community is as minimal as possible”.