About the current consultation on Gatwick expansion
Gatwick is consulting on its proposal to develop its northern (standby or emergency) runway....
On 9th September, Gatwick airport launched a public consultation on its plans to bring its standby runway, just north of the main runway, into routine use for departing aircraft – alongside the main runway.
To achieve this the existing runway will be widened to the north by 12 metres and the centre line will be realigned. This then complies with international safety requirements.
Due to the size of the proposal, which takes annual passenger numbers to 76 million and aircraft movements to 386,000, it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. This is a massive increase from the 2019 figures of 49 million passengers and 283,000 flights.
Gatwick will therefore have to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build and operate the altered runway.
The current consultation, which closes on 1st December, 2021, is not the DCO application itself. That is likely to be in 2022.
But it will be the only opportunity for the public to have a direct say on Gatwick’s expansion plans.
Gatwick hopes to get consent to start the first stages of the runway development process by 2023, starting actual building work in 2024, with the runway finished and operating by 2029. When fully operational this project alone will allow up to 60,000 more flights per year than in 2019.
In addition Gatwick intends to operate another 40,000 annual flights by making greater use of its main runway. That does not require any planning consent.
Combined these expansion plans mean an overall increase of well over 100,000 flights per year, nearly 40% more than in 2019.
In their consultation Gatwick have made some unverified and extravagant claims about numbers of new jobs and local economic benefit.
If Gatwick are successful, the result will be devastating. More noise, more air pollution and even greater pressure on the already overstretched road and rail infrastructure. Critically, the expansion could add another one or two million tonnes of CO2 per year - which can make no sense at a time when the impacts of global warming are becoming all too evident.
After this consultation, Gatwick will apply to the Planning Inspectorate for a DCO. That process will take at least a year. Only people who have registered their interest would be able to submit any further comments at that stage.
It is important that as many people as possible submit their comments on this consultation.
This is likely to be your last opportunity to do so.
The Planning Inspectorate needs to be aware of public opinion about the expansion plans.
How to submit a response to the consultation
The consultation contains a large number of long and technical documents, which makes reading much of the documentation impossible for most people.
GACC has therefore prepared a summary response to the consultation as a whole and both short and long answers to each question. These are below. Please feel free to use any of this material in your own responses, but remember it’s always best to use your own words.
GACC RESPONSE TO THE GATWICK CONSULTATION
You can also - avoiding the questionnaire - just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you strongly disagree with the expansion plans, and adding a few words of your own.
Information about different subject areas of the consultation
More can be found on numerous aspects of the planned expansion, on the links below.
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