Gatwick closes public consultation on north runway plans
Gatwick Airport has closed its public consultation which was seeking public input on proposals to bring its existing north runway into service alongside its main runway by summer 2029. The consultation lasted 12 weeks, from September 9, 2021 to December 1, 2021.
The proposed plan would require the centerline of the runway to be repositioned 12m further north, allowing dual-runway operations with the main airport runway. These plans are expected to generate around 18,400 additional jobs by 2038, as well as an expected gross value added (GVA) of £1.5 billion ($1.99 billion) for the region.
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Following the consultation, the company will review the responses and make the necessary changes to its proposals. He will then submit a formal application to the Planning Inspectorate as part of the planning permission order process. Gatwick expects to submit its application towards the end of 2022 and, as part of the application, will produce a consultation report explaining the outcome of the public consultation.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank, on behalf of everyone at Gatwick Airport, those who have taken the time to share their thoughts and comments as part of our public consultation. These comments will now be analyzed and will help inform the development of our plans. We will also carry out further environmental assessments and modeling and continue to engage with statutory authorities and other local consultees.