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Heathrow expansion consultation launch marks next delivery milestone

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Since the Government announced its support for Heathrow expansion as its preferred option in 2016, our team has been getting on with the task of delivering this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project.

  • Heathrow will launch a public planning consultation on expansion and future operations on 17th January
  • Local communities and stakeholders to help shape Heathrow’s future airport design and principles for changes to airspace
  • 10-week consultation is the latest delivery milestone and keeps Heathrow on track
  • Consultation will include new options for the project, including on phasing construction of new terminal capacity to help meet affordability challenge

Heathrow expansion has taken a significant step towards delivery as the airport unveiled the details of its first phase of a public planning consultation on the project set for the new year. This is a separate consultation to the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement consultation.

The 10-week consultation will launch on 17th January and run until 28th March, giving local communities and stakeholders an opportunity to shape Heathrow’s expansion proposals, that aim to support an even more sustainable future airport operation.

The consultation is the latest expansion milestone, keeping Heathrow on schedule to deliver the trading infrastructure Britain will need to succeed post-Brexit.

Heathrow’s consultation will be formed of two parts – the first on infrastructure design options for an expanded Heathrow and our approach to managing and reducing environmental and community impacts, while the second will focus on the future design principles for airspace around Heathrow.

Importantly, Heathrow will not compromise on any of its commitments to the local communities as part of this consultation – including compensating eligible property owners for the unaffected market value of their property plus an additional 25% home loss payment, stamp duty, legal fees and moving costs, the pledge to introduce a 6.5 hour ban on scheduled night flights and the commitment to only release new capacity if strict air quality limits can be met.

Options to help optimise plans for all stakeholders

Over the past year, Heathrow has been working alongside local stakeholders and airline partners to evolve the expansion plans submitted to the Airports Commission. The consultation starting in January will be an opportunity for the public to view our emerging proposals and options in detail and provide feedback on them.

These include options for the design of the expanded airport facilities, the reconfiguration of the M25 changes to local roads and rivers and use of nearby land for construction and other uses, as well as our approach to managing and reducing the effects of expansion on local communities and the environment.

Delivering expansion affordably is a key priority for Heathrow and the consultation will also include how this can be achieved by phasing the construction of new terminal infrastructure at the airport.

By incrementally increasing infrastructure to align more closely with passenger growth, Heathrow is increasingly confident that expansion can be delivered, while keeping airport charges close to current levels – ultimately resulting in more affordable fares for passengers.

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Director Expansion, urges local residents to participate in the consultation saying, “Expanding Heathrow is pivotal to Britain’s future prosperity and it’s a chance to make the airport a better neighbour for our local communities.”

“Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to evolve our expansion plans and have come up with several new options to deliver it more responsibly and affordably.

“Next January, we’ll be sharing these options in a 10-week public planning consultation and we want to hear what you think. By working together throughout the consultation, the public can help shape our plans and, jointly, we can ensure that expansion delivers for our passengers, businesses across Britain and importantly for our local communities.”

About the consultation

The consultation is open to anyone that wants to respond to have their say on Heathrow expansion. Heathrow will be holding a number of consultation exhibitions in local communities where people will be able to talk to members of the Heathrow team about the proposals.

The details of the locations will be made available on this website in the New Year. There are a number of ways to respond to the consultation – online, email, letter or by filling in a feedback form and sending it to us.

Feedback from this consultation will be incorporated into detailed proposals, which will then form part of a second consultation to be held in 2019.