The planning process for Heathrow expansion is now firmly underway, as the airport launches one of the largest public consultations in the country’s history.
Heathrow’s consultation is a major milestone in delivering an expanded airport and the in their opinion it is the best way to keep the UK connected to global growth. The airport’s expansion is Europe’s largest privately funded infrastructure project.
For the next ten weeks, Heathrow will seek views on how to shape its plans so it can deliver the huge opportunities of expansion while keeping to the promises it has made to local communities and meeting strict environmental tests.
This engagement has identified options to deliver an expanded hub airport for £2.5 billion less than previous plans – savings to help make sure airport charges stay close to today’s levels.
These options can be delivered without compromising on the expansion commitments Heathrow made to local communities – including a world class property compensation scheme, the pledge to introduce a 6.5 hour ban on scheduled night flights and the promise to only release new capacity if air quality limits can be met.
The consultation will be an opportunity for the public to view Heathrow’s emerging proposals and options in detail and provide feedback on them.
Feedback is being sought on potential infrastructure options including the three shortlisted options for the new north-west runway, with length varying from between 3,200 and 3,500 metres.
It will also look at potential locations to expand terminal infrastructure east of Terminal 2, west of Terminal 5 or a new satellite terminal by the new runway.
The airport is also asking for the public to review its plans to manage the effects of expansion on local communities and the environment.
Responses can be submitted until the 28th of March at any of the 40 consultation events held across communities surrounding the airport and also online, via email or post.
Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director Expansion said: “We want an expanded Heathrow to be the world’s best airport, ensuring that our country and its future generations have the infrastructure they need to thrive.
“We need feedback to help deliver this opportunity responsibly and to create a long-term legacy both at a local and national level. Heathrow is consulting to ensure that we deliver benefits for our passengers, businesses across the country but also, importantly, for those neighbours closest to us.”