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Gatwick Airport has published its Final Master Plan which confirms plans to take forward the sustainable development of the airport
More than 5,000 responses were received during the 12-week public consultation. Two-thirds (66%) of respondents supported the principle of growing Gatwick by making best use of the existing runways, in line with Government policy. As a result, Gatwick will progress plans to introduce new technology to build capacity and resilience on the main runway and prepare a planning application to bring the standby runway into routine use.
The innovative proposals for the standby runway will deliver additional capacity at the airport to balances operational resilience and sustainable growth. As one of the biggest private investments in the region, the scheme will deliver greater connectivity, a better passenger experience through greater competition, and an economic boost that secures jobs and opportunities for generations to come. Gatwick says these benefits can all be delivered while keeping the airport's noise footprint broadly similar to today's levels, and with minimal disruption to our neighbours and the environment.
The consultation report provides extensive feedback on the consultation and those views will help shape plans as Gatwick prepares a Development Consent Order (DCO) - a rigorous planning process that will include further engagement and public consultation next year and culminates in a final decision by the Secretary of State. A number of detailed studies to assess the impacts and benefits of the proposals will now be undertaken before consulting the public again next year.
Gatwick is recommending that national and local planning policy continues to safeguard the land that would be required for a new runway, should it be required in the longer-term. However, the Airport has reiterated that it is no longer actively pursuing plans for an additional runway.
Further information is available at www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans.