13 JANUARY 2020
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An eight-week public consultation to finalise its expansion plan is being held by Heathrow between April and June this year. The move follows the CAA’s decision to cap early spending on the project.
The airport says the decision has prolonged the construction period of a new third runway and means Heathrow will need to undertake refreshed modelling of key aspects of the plan, including public transport to and from the airport.
Officials say the new consultation will ensure communities can review and submit their feedback. Responses will feed into the final planning application, to be submitted to the planning inspectorate toward the end of 2020.
Executive director for expansion Emma Gilthorpe said the submission would detail how the airport will expand and connect the whole of Britain to global growth, while meeting the requirements of the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS).
It will also restate Heathrow’s commitment to ensuring an expanded airport meets strict environmental targets, delivers tens of thousands of new high-skilled jobs and honours commitments to local communities.
The third runway is now expected to open between early 2028 and late 2029.
Heathrow will announce dates and locations for consultation events shortly as it also prepares to become one of the first major international airports to operate carbon neutral infrastructure.
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michael carrivick, SE England
Labour approved LHR expansion in 2003, since when a multitude of consultations has taken place, including several during my time as CEx at BAR UK. Now, 7 years after retiring, the same old game of consultations is still being played. That's SEVENTEEN years after original policy to expand. The area remains blighted through indecision and UK plc loses. TIME FOR A GOCT POLICY DECISION TO STICK!