Images show how the communities around Heathrow could benefit from a £105m investment in green spaces if the airport is allowed to expand.
When completed, parkland around the airport would be approximately four times the size of London’s Hyde Park, say Heathrow in an announcment.
The investment is included in the airport’s expansion plans and would create new and enhanced public parkland, as well as wildlife habitats, in west London. The Airport say this would give local communities more outdoor recreational opportunities, boost biodiversity and improve the look and feel of the area.
The new images released today highlight the improvements, including the potential transformations within the southern part of the Colne Valley Regional Park. Heathrow say they will work with interested parties to create new wet meadows for flood protection, boosting biodiversity, pastures for grazing animals, bridleways, a cross country course, natural ponds, sports facilities, formal gardens, allotments and a mountain bike trail.
Heathrow is collaborating with the Colne Valley Regional Park Community Interest Company (CIC) on developing this vision if the airport is chosen to expand.
The Airport say that new green areas to the East, North and South of the airport would also be created. Heathrow would work with the Friends of the River Crane to improve the quality of the habitat for watercourses to the east of the airport and increase their public amenity value.
To the North, Heathrow say there is an opportunity to create wetland areas with public boardwalk access, and an improved cycle network connecting with local boroughs. To the South, potentially new and enhanced green spaces would include new, publicly accessible sports facilities.
Heathrow Director of Sustainability, Matt Gorman said: “Heathrow expansion is an opportunity to provide once in a generation improvements to the physical environment for the communities around the airport.
“Our new plan means this airport can be world-leading in environmental performance and guarantee that those most impacted by expansion get both the greatest benefits and fair treatment.”