Heathrow has launched its six week consultation, asking local communities for their views on how to improve the shortlisted runway proposal to the north west of the airport. The Airport says the results of the consultation will help them understand what is most important to local residents and will be used to refine the runway proposal before it is resubmitted to the Airports Commission in May.
140,000 households and businesses likely to be most impacted by the proposed plans will receive booklets. There are also drop-in events and an online mechanism for others to submit their views.
Chief Executive Colin Matthews said, “We believe our proposal to expand Heathrow is the right way to deliver the capacity Britain needs to connect to fast growing economies around the world. This consultation is to make sure we correctly understand what local people value and that we can take their views into account as we refine our proposal. The more people that tell us their views, the more successful the process will be. We know that opinion is divided locally about whether a third runway should go ahead or not, but everyone has an interest in making sure that if a third runway does happen it is developed in the best way possible.”