Although the Coalition insist they do not support plans for a new airport in the Thames estuary, that has not stopped high profile supporters – most notably London Mayor Boris Johnson, from promoting the case. Earlier this month saw the publication of the ‘Thames Hub’ report by Foster & Partners/Halcrow/Volterra Consulting recommending the construction of a new airport on the Isle of Grain.
Labour in Kent have already taken up the campaign cudgels on this issue, pressing the county’s Conservative MPs to mount a campaign within their own party, which seems to be the only political party to support the plans.
These plans aren’t new, with the first attempt to develop a Thames estuary airport emerging after the second world war. Those interested in learning more about the history of plans to develop a Thames estuary airport will find a comprehensive research paper here, courtesy of the House of Commons library.