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Masterplan for Heathrow expansion goes out for consultation

Words: Laura Edgar
Heathrow consults on expansion / Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport has published its preferred masterplan for the future layout of the airport, which includes the construction of a third runway.

The masterplan will be out for consultation for 12 weeks until 13 September. In total, 43 consultation events will take place.

As well as the new runway, the plan sets out details of other airport infrastructure, such as terminals and road access and how the environmental effects of the expansion will be managed, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

It also proposes a Heathrow vehicle access charge and a six-and-a-half-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

The consultation document outlines the airport’s plans for phased growth. The runway is expected to open in “approximately 2026”, and the masterplan should be completed in 2050. This “incremental growth” will mirror the forecast growth in passengers and help airport charges to remain close to 2016 levels so that fares are more affordable for passengers, said the airport operator.

Feedback is sought on how the airport plans to manage the effects of expansion, including property compensations, a noise insulation policy and a community fund.

The masterplan was put together after a public consultation on the expansion was held from January to March in 2018, and the Airspace and Future Operations Consultation was held in the first three months of this year.

Responses to the consultation will inform the airport’s application for a development consent order. The runway will be considered as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP).

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s executive director for expansion, said: “Expansion must not come at any cost. That is why we have been working with partners at the airport, in local communities and in government to ensure our plans show how we can grow sustainably and responsibly – with environmental considerations at the heart of expansion. This consultation is an opportunity for people to have their say on our preferred masterplan, so it’s really important that as many people as possible take part. We look forward to hearing your views.”

The consultation can be found on Heathrow Airport website.

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