Gatwick Airport starts process to bring its northern runway into routine use
6th September 2019 – Crawley Observer
By Staff Reporter
Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing northern runway into routine use.
The airport said it has submitted a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent.
It said this action established the ‘Gatwick Airport Northern Runway’ project on the PINS website and is the first step in the Development Consent Order (DCO) application process.
Next month, the airport will submit a ‘scoping request to PINS, which sets out the proposed approach and key issues to be included within the process.
Following the publication of its master plan in July, Gatwick announced it would prepare a planning application known as a development consent order (DCO).
The application is to bring the airport’s existing northern runway (also known as the standby runway) into routine use for smaller, departing aircraft alongside the main runway by the mid-2020s.
Tim Norwood, Gatwick’s chief planning officer, said: “As the biggest private investments in our region for many years, the start of the process to use our existing Northern Runway is a significant milestone.
This project has the capacity to offer significant local economic benefits, new jobs and an exciting future for the region.
“As we take our plans forward, we are committed to working in partnership with our local communities, councils and partners to ensure we grow sustainably and present information in a clear and transparent way, including a more detailed stage of, public consultation on the project next year.”
The first stages in the DCO process involve Gatwick carrying out surveys and preparing detailed environmental information on the Northern Runway plans later this year.
A public consultation will be held next year, after which further updates to the plans will be incorporated.
An application for development consent will then be made to PINS, which will examine the application and provide a recommendation to the Secretary of State.
The Secretary of State will then make a decision.
A spokesman for The Campaign Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions said: “It is true that our area needs investment but not this kind.
“We need investment in our roads and amenities.
Gatwick’s proposal is simply unmanageable for our area as the Government :has made clear it is investing in Heathrow and northern infrastructure.
There are many regions of the UK that could benefit from the economic stimulus that airport expansion could bring – but neither Sussex nor Surrey are one of them.
As such this application for a development consent order must be seen as a negative for our areas and unsustainable.
“Even Gatwick’s supporters at the recent Gatwick Diamond Initiative event detailed that; ‘our employers cannot get enough staff with the right skills’.
This new runway would simply cause more congestion on the roads as workers migrate daily into Gatwick Airport, inevitably decline the air quality further with substantial increases in freight on our roads whilst all the time Gatwick ignores the impact their application will have on our planet in releasing an extra one million tonnes of carbon a year from operating two runways according to expert advisory body, Aviation Environment Federation.
What we need is sustainability and not over 20,000 extra workers descending on our area looking for schools, affordable housing, health care and amenities which local authorities are
struggling to accommodate currently if those residents that thought the aircraft noise from Gatwick couldn’t get any worse, the management are now planning to make it nearly 40 percent worse for us all.”