A VAST swathe of Bedfont could be razed to the ground if Heathrow was to expand further, campaigners warned this week.
BAA's refusal to rule out further growth at the airport has prompted major fears large parts of the village could be the location of a fourth runway and seventh terminal.
Heathrow's Spanish owners, Ferrovial, will open a fifth terminal in March and are negotiating with the Government to build a third runway and additional terminal by 2020.
It also wants to end runway alternation in order to nearly double the number of flights arriving and leaving the world's busiest airport.
But the possibility of future expansion cast a shadow over a packed public consultation meeting on the current plans last Tuesday.
Earlier that day BAA chief executive Stephen Nelson told the London Assembly it would be 'inappropriate' to speculate on whether there would be further expansion beyond 2030.
He said he did not want to make promises BAA might have to break in the future.
BAA stated in 1995 that Terminal 5 would not lead to a third runway, while in 2001 it committed itself to a limit of 480,000 flights a year.
It has since carried out a U-turn on both positions.
Environmental campaigners seized on Mr Nelson's comments as perilous news for Bedfont.
John Stewart, of campaign group HACAN ClearSkies, told the Chronicle: "The feeling is that any fourth runway would be to the south. Because they won't rule it out, they must be considering it - it's an extraordinary admission."
There were three reasons to site a fourth runway in Bedfont, he added.
"Firstly, air pollution levels would exceed EU limits if it was added to the north, where pollution is currently worst," he said.
"Secondly, there would probably be less destruction of homes in Bedfont compared to West Drayton to the north. Thirdly, BAA would simply not want to go north of the M4."
Barbara Reid, who is spearheading Hounslow Council's campaign against expansion, echoed his fears.
"We don't want to alarm people, but residents should be made aware that this is a worry," she said.
"BAA does hold land in that area and by a process of elimination that's the only area where further expansion could go."
However, a BAA spokesman claimed there were no plans for a fourth runway and labelled the speculation 'trouble-making'.