London Heathrow Airport has unveiled the details of its first public consultation to discuss its proposed expansion plans. The 10-week consultation will launch on January 17, 2018, and will run until March 28, providing the local community and stakeholders with the opportunity to shape London Heathrow’s expansion proposals.
The consultation will be formed of two parts, the first on infrastructure design options and the airport’s approach to managing and reducing environmental and community impacts, and the second will focus on the future design principles for airspace around Heathrow.
Over the past year, Heathrow has been working alongside local stakeholders and airline partners to evolve the expansion plans submitted to the UK government’s Airports Commission. The consultation starting in January will be an opportunity for the public to view the airport’s 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 activities.
Emma Gilthorpe, executive director expansion, London Heathrow, said, “Expanding Heathrow is pivotal to Britain’s future prosperity and it’s a chance to make the airport a better neighbor 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.”