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Davies to consider £18.2bn London Oxford airport plans

A small Bristol-based practice has submitted proposals to the Government Airports Commission for an £18.2 billion four-runway airport on the outskirts of Oxford

Under Pleiade Associates’ plans, London Oxford Airport (LOX) would be built in the Vale of the White Horse, near Abingdon, serving about 125 million passengers a year.

The bold proposal, which the practice claimed would ‘end the enduring uncertainty and anxiety which have afflicted the London region for decades’, was submitted to the Howard Davies-led commission last month alongside well-publicised offerings by Make, Gensler and Foster + Partners.

As well as the four runways and terminal building, the scheme would involve the construction of a new 20-mile stretch of motorway. The architects’ plans also include a new eight-platform railway station.

The proposal, which is one of 50 to have landed on Davies’ desk, has not been met with universal acclaim within Oxford.

Matthew Barber, the leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, told the Oxford Mail: ‘It’s absolute madness. The scale of it, with four runways, makes it twice the size of Heathrow in terms of runway capacity.

‘It will entirely destroy at least one village and will make several others virtually uninhabitable.’

Pleiade Associates and its owner Alan Geal were not available for comment.

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