Heathrow prepares new runway planning application

Heathrow has begun preparations for the planning application to expand the airport with a new runway.  

The news follows the Government’s announcement in October this year that a new runway at Heathrow is its preferred option for airport expansion.

The scheme will be taken forward in the form of a draft National Policy Statement for consultation next year.

Heathrow forecasts it will formally submit its planning application in 2019 - after the Government has designated the National Policy Statement.
To inform its planning application, Heathrow will undertake extensive engagement and consultation with local communities and other stakeholders on various aspects of the scheme including environmental impacts and project design. 
The first step will be to commence wildlife and other environmental surveys in the local area, starting in early 2017. The latest Community Bulletin from Heathrow, delivered to more than 4,000 homes, sets out information about this to residents living nearby.
Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Expansion Director, said: “Heathrow has its team in place, working to deliver the benefits of expansion in the most sustainable way. During the detailed planning process there will be lots of opportunities for local communities, industry partners and other interested parties to help shape our proposals.  
“Together, we want to create a plan that not only boosts the economy - locally and across the UK - but one that delivers a lasting legacy in the local area and tackles important local issues including reducing noise and meeting air quality requirements.”