A new proposal could see Heathrow airport area residents paid thousands to deal with added noise from a third runway.

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A new proposal could see Heathrow airport area residents paid thousands to deal with added noise from a third runway.

Reports said on Thursday that the new measure is aimed at reducing backlash and resistance among Heathrow area neighborhoods that would be hardest hit in the event that the government approves building a third runway at the overcrowded gateway. The scheme has been proposed by a committee of Coalition MPs dubbed the Free Enterprise Group.

Under the proposal, funding for area resident payment would come from the profits created by increased capacity at the airport, according to reports. Some residents could be paid substantial sums, with some figures amounting to £40,000 for the most-affected homes in the area.

The move comes despite both Coalition and Tory party members barring any expansion to Heathrow in the two most recent elections, although major figures including chancellor George Osborne continue to press for a u-turn on the issue amid increasing pressure from local business leaders and the aviation industry.

BAA chief executive Colin Mathews said in an interview on Thursday that although his organisation continues to seek greater capacity at the west London airport that the runway decision lays with the government.

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