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After all the public inquiry assurances from British Airports Authority that its Terminal 5 proposal, courtesy of Richard Rogers Partnership, is not dependent on a new runway blighting the lives of several thousand more people with aircraft noise, it now turns out that a new runway is absolutely what BAA has in mind. Oh well, it only involves chucking 5000 villagers out of their homes. Even more bizarrely, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph , the runway might also mean demolishing British Airways' award-winning headquarters by Niels Torp. Surely some mistake.

All we need now is for BAA to tell us, hand on heart, that it has no plans for Terminal 6; believe that if you want. Let's hope RRP's Marco Goldschmied, enemy of the unsustainable, will be able to explain how the thousands of extra car journeys, taking passengers to both the new terminal and the proposed runway, will do their bit for energy-saving.

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