Gatwick opens consultation on second runway plans

Planning chiefs at Gatwick airport have announced their plans for the development of a second runway, reports. 

The airport is currently locked in an expansion battle not only with Heathrow but also the ‘Boris Island’ plan to built an entirely new facility on reclaimed land in the Thames Estuary. This is to cope with the influx of tourists and business travellers expected to be using London’s airport network over the coming decades. 

This uncertainty does means that any such expansion to Gatwick may never actually materialise, although this hasn’t stopped development chiefs from securing public opinion in the hope that it will strengthen their business case.

The six-week consultation process will open on April 4. It will see hundreds of letters delivered to households and businesses across the local area to garner their opinions on potential development work. These letters will not only detail the plans that have already been put forward, but also ask for opinions on environmental, economic and social concerns.

Speaking of the consultation, London Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate, told “The views of the local community are an essential element of shaping Gatwick’s second runway options.

“Therefore it is important we hear from as many people as possible through our consultation so that we can consider local opinions in our refined runway proposals.”