As part of the Development Consent Order process, we are required to carry out extensive public consultation to inform our plans.
Over the next few months and years, residents and interested parties will have a number of opportunities to make their views known about various aspects of our proposals and comment on the design of our final plans.
Our main consultations will occur in two stages:
Heathrow Consultation 1
The first consultation will seek views on our emerging proposals in terms of what the expanded airport could look like, how it might operate, and how we might best mitigate against the potential impacts, including proposals for compensation and noise insulation. We will have regard to all feedback received as we continue to develop our proposals.
Heathrow Consultation 2
Our second consultation will consult on our proposed Development Consent Order application, including providing Preliminary Environmental Information on the proposed application.
Our consultations will involve a number of exhibition events, providing a chance for face-to-face discussion with our teams, plus print and online information. In between consultations you can also contact our Local Community Team with any queries.
For each consultation we will also create a designated site area that will allow participants to easily peruse the relevant information, and respond.
Following the submission of Heathrow’s runway options to the Airports Commission in July 2013 we undertook two major public consultations designed to shape our runway plans and compensation proposals.
After the north-west runway proposal was shortlisted by the Airports Commission in December 2013 we ran a public consultation between 3 February and 16 March 2014 designed to establish:
- which factors were seen as the most important when planning a new runway;
- attitudes to noise relief and community impacts; and
- suggested improvements to the new runway proposal.
The responses to this consultation highlighted the issues that were identified as the most important for local residents, which included aircraft noise, safety, air quality and jobs (a full report on this consultation can be found in our documents section – ‘Shaping Heathrow’s north-west runway proposal, report on public consultation’, Appendix 4, Volume 2 (Technical Submission), Taking Britain Further, Heathrow Airport Limited, 2014).
Responses expressed a clear preference for a runway scheme that would continue to provide periods of relief from noise over a scheme that would not expose new people to noise (but would end periods of relief from noise).
As a result of this consultation, we made changes to our original plans and pushed the runway further south, a proposal which reduces the noise impacts and protects more homes and important heritage sites.
Another consultation was held between July and September 2014 to provide property owners, tenants and small business owners with the opportunity to engage in and influence the development of property and noise compensation proposals to be offered in the event of a new runway at Heathrow.
The responses to this consultation were used to develop our proposed noise insulation scheme as well as our property compensation schemes. These schemes will be consulted on as part of our preparation for the submission of our Development Consent Order.
A national consultation was also held by the Airports Commission which resulted in over 58,000 responses supporting Heathrow expansion – 80% of the total number of responses.