Consultation on 3rd Runway Launched
On 2nd February 2017 the Department launched its consultation on a third runway at Heathrow. It comes in the form of a National Policy Statement. It will be a 16 week consultation. In the paper the Government stresses its belief that a third runway is required to improve connectivity to countries across the world but it has outlined a series of challenging measures that Heathrow will need to take if it is to get the go-ahead.
At the end of the year or early next year Parliament will vote on the National Policy Statement. Only if Parliament approves it will a 3rd runway officially become Government policy.
After that Heathrow will need to submit detailed plans to a Planning Inquiry. It does not expect to get approval until at least 2020.
To read the DfT’s media briefing outlining the key features of the consultation paper: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/DfT-consultation-press-release.pdf
To read HACAN’s press release: http://wp.me/p5NPQ9-YP
To read the HACAN Briefing to assist you respond the the consultation: http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/National-Policy-Statement-Briefing.pdf