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Last Updated: Monday, 11 October, 2004, 17:43 GMT 18:43 UK
Stansted plan 'divides village'
The exclusion of some homeowners near Stansted Airport from a compensation scheme will drive a wedge through a village, a parish councillor claims.

The scheme allows owners to sell properties for the price they would have expected if there were no plans for an extra runway at the airport.

But the initiative only applies to homeowners within a designated blue zone, which cuts through Takeley.

A spokesman for the airport said there would always be disappointed people.

Under the scheme, Stansted Airport owner BAA is promising to buy property at a market rate index-linked from June 2002.

At that time extra runway capacity at the airport had not been considered but only residents living within a zoned area are likely to benefit.

Fair as possible

Takeley Parish Council chairman Trevor Allen, said: "It's a line as far as BAA are concerned, but we consider it a wedge that's being driven through this community, between the haves and the have nots... and we'll fight them on it."

BAA Stansted managing director Terry Morgan said: "When you place a line on the map there are going to be people inside and outside of it.

"Wherever you define that line there are going to be people who aren't happy but we're trying to be as fair as possible."

Dozens of houses are to be demolished to make way for a planned new runway at the Essex airport while many others would also be affected by the development.

The support scheme would also bring BAA in line with proposals contained in the government's White Paper on the future of air transport in the UK.

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