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Airports Commission publishes consultation on option for a new runway at Gatwick Airport

The Airports Commission has published for consultation its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

The consultation presents the commission's analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year: two for expansion at Heathrow Airport and one proposal at Gatwick Airport.

It invites public comment on the commission's detailed consideration of each proposal. This includes analysis of the cost of each proposal, the effect on communities of noise, property loss and construction, and the economic benefits and environmental impacts.

During the consultation the Airports Commission will hold open discussion sessions for local stakeholders in both the Heathrow and Gatwick areas. The consultation will close on 3 February 2015.

In response to this latest development, Manor Royal BID executive director Steve Sawyer said: "This is clearly an important issue for Manor Royal, the region and the UK. Ultimately the Davies Commission will make it's recommendations to Government based on it's judgement of which option - Gatwick or Heathrow - best serves the national interest.

"We recognise the economic benefits of a second runway at Gatwick and believe this is an option that can be delivered more easily, with less harm and at a better price than expanding Heathrow. There are also legitimate arguments to be made for having ensuring there is genuine competition for Heathrow - which only Gatwick can provide.

"More than anything we want the Government of the day, whoever they may be, to be decisive and make a decision we can all rely on so that all parties can make plans with some degree of certainty. A decision to not make a decision or continue to safeguard huge tracts of land indefinitely is helpful to no one and unsettling for all.

"As an organisation we are broadly supportive of expanding Gatwick however we do want to work with Gatwick to ensure that those issues affecting Manor Royal and Manor Royal businesses remain on the agenda and are well understood. Importantly we want to make sure that Manor Royal businesses get the information they need and can fully participate in all stages of the consultation and are able to express their opinion.

"As an organisation we will be looking at the consultation document and representing our view in due course, as we have throughout the process to date."

The commission is now inviting formal submissions and has called for businesses and the community to submit these through their website here. All the information on Gatwick's submission can be found on our website here.

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