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Heathrow to submit runway application this year

Words: Laura Edgar
Heathrow expansion / Heathrow Airport

The application for a third runway at Heathrow Airport will be lodged with the Planning Inspectorate at the end of 2020, the airport has confirmed.

An eight-week consultation will be conducted in advance of this to finalise the proposals.

This comes after the UK regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, decided to cap early spending on the project.

The airport explained that capping spending has prolonged the construction period of the third runway, meaning that it will need to remodel key aspects of the plan. This includes public transport to and from the airport, in order to demonstrate that targets in the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) can be met.

The consultation will run from April to June, with Heathrow set to write to local authorities shortly with information on it. Responses will be used for the final planning application.

The application will detail how the airport plans to expand as well as “connect all of Britain to global growth”. The airport said it would also restate Heathrow’s commitment to meeting “strict” environmental targets, deliver thousands of new high-skilled jobs and honour commitments to local communities.

Emma Gilthorpe, director for expansion at the airport, said: “This country is ready for a decade of infrastructure delivery underpinned by expansion at Heathrow. We are keen to ensure our plans continue to be supported and shaped by local people as we prepare to deliver the economic boost Britain needs.”

If the secretary of state approves Heathrow’s plans, the airport anticipates that the third runway would open between early 2028 and late 2029.

Image credit | Heathrow Airport