‘Village of the damned’: Docklands ‘stilt city’ in airport crash zone
Boris Johnson’s proposed floating village in the Royal Docks falls within an airport crash zone, campaigners have warned
The mayor unveiled plans for ‘London’s answer to Venice’ – a six hectare Ian Ritchie-masterplanned development featuring shops, hotels and up to 800 homes dubbed at MIPIM yesterday (12 March).
But campaigners against airport expansion have warned the project – which encroaches on London City Airport’s public safety zone – could be torpedoed by development limits.
Department for Transport guidance advises against increasing the numbers of people living, working or congregating in safety zone.
Local resident and London City Airport Campaigner Alan Haughton warned residents of the village would be at risk from aircraft noise, wake turbulence and poor air quality.
Haughton said: ‘This “floating village” would be a village of the damned.Nobody wants to live with the risk of an aircraft coming down on their family, never mind all the other associated risks like noise. London City Airport will soon be coming up for sale.
He added: ‘If Boris Johnson really thinks that the Royal Docks has the potential to become one of the most sought-after addresses in London he needs to use his powers to buy or shut the airport down and unlock the true value of the area.’
Similar concerns were raised over Wilkinson’ Eyre’s Emirates Airline cable car which passes over the floating village site and opened last summer.