Gatwick has formally began the method to carry its current northern runway into routine use.
The airport has submitted a discover to the planning inspectorate of its intention to organize an utility for growth consent.
This motion establishes the ‘Gatwick Airport Northern Runway’ mission on the inspectorate’s web site and is step one within the growth consent order utility course of.
Subsequent month, the airport will submit a ‘scoping request’ to the planning inspectorate, which units out the proposed method and key points to be included inside the course of.
Following the publication of its grasp plan in July, Gatwick introduced it might put together a planning utility generally known as a growth consent order – via a rigorous statutory course of.
The applying is to carry the airport’s current northern runway (also referred to as the standby runway) into routine use for smaller, departing plane alongside the primary runway by the mid-2020s.
Tim Norwood, Gatwick chief planning officer, mentioned: “As the largest personal investments in our area for a few years, the beginning of the method to make use of our current northern runway is a major milestone.
“This mission has the capability to supply important native financial advantages, new jobs and an thrilling future for the area.
“As we take our plans ahead, we’re dedicated to working in partnership with our native communities, councils and companions to make sure we develop sustainably and current data in a transparent and clear approach, together with a extra detailed stage of public session on the mission subsequent yr.”
The primary phases within the growth consent order course of contain Gatwick finishing up surveys and making ready detailed environmental data on the northern runway plans later this yr.
A public session might be held subsequent yr, after which additional updates to the plans might be integrated.
An utility for growth consent will then be made to planning inspectorate, who will study the appliance and supply a advice to the secretary of state.
The secretary will then determine.