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2 SEPTEMBER 2019
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The process to bring the existing Northern Runway at Gatwick into routine use began formally last week with the airport submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for a development consent order (DCO).
The action establishes the ‘Gatwick Airport Northern Runway’ project on the PINS website. Next month, the airport will submit a ‘Scoping Request’ to the inspectorate, setting out the proposed approach and key issues to be included within the process.
The moves follow the publication in July of Gatwick’s latest master plan (BTN 12 August), and are aimed at using the Northern Runway, also known as the standby runway, for smaller, departing aircraft alongside the main runway by the mid-2020s.
Gatwick chief planning officer Tim Norwood 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. 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.”
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