R3 consultation moves to next phase

The next phase of planning for Heathrow expansion is set to commence following the end of the first round of the Airport’s community consultation.

Heathrow’s first consultation on its planning proposals for expansion saw thousands of residents visit 40 events held in local communities neighbouring the airport and across London, Surrey and the Thames Valley.

Heathrow says it will now use the feedback collected to develop a preferred masterplan for expansion. It will then consult on the preferred masterplan in 2019 if the Airports National Policy Statement is approved by Parliament in the summer 2018.

This second consultation will also present the next phase of Heathrow’s airspace change consultation which will show geographic areas within which flight paths could be positioned.

Heathrow Expansion Director Emma Gilthorpe, said: “Moving to the next phase of planning brings us one step closer to helping secure the UK’s future as a prosperous, global trading nation. We remain committed to developing Heathrow in a sustainable and responsible way and will continue working with our many stakeholders, including local communities, to create an expanded airport that delivers for everyone.”

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