Gatwick extension faces objection
Campaigners against the expansion of Gatwick airport are objecting to plans to
extend its North Terminal and build a multi-storey car park.
Gatwick has submitted two applications to Crawley council for developments which
will allow it to handle an extra five million passengers a year by 2018.
Objectors say the plans will increase noise, pollution, traffic and create water
Gatwick said environmental impact had to be balanced with economic benefits.
It added that expansion up to 2018 was in line with government policy, published
in the 2003 White Paper, The Future of Air Transport.
The North Terminal extension would provide extra baggage reclaim halls and new
check-in facilities and the car park 900 short-stay spaces.
The airport has an agreement with West Sussex County Council not to build a second
runway before 2019.
But East Surrey MP Peter Ainsworth, whose constituency borders the airport, has
objected to the planning applications.
“There is a widely held view that every application for the expansion at BAA’s
airports – although billed by the company as the final demand – is in fact just
part of an incremental process of unsustainable growth,” he said.
“Similar suspicion hangs over the present applications.”
He said the applications were premature, bearing in mind the airport is up for
Surrey branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England says the new owners are quite likely to have different ideas on how they want
to run the airport.
Gatwick Area Conservation Group agrees the application is premature because the aviation industry is suffering
from a “severe recession”.
And it says: “The proposed increase in the size of Gatwick is likely to give
rise to national controversy, especially in relation to climate change.”
The applications are due to be considered by the Crawley’s development control
committee on Monday, but a decision is not expected before 10 November.
A spokesman for the airport said: “Gatwick’s planning application for North Terminal
forms part of the airport’s capital investment programme which will see £1bn invested
over five years.
“To remain successful the significant economic and social benefits of Gatwick
Airport need to be balanced with the environmental impact of the airport.
“London Gatwick Airport remains committed to sustainable and balanced growth
and recognises the affect the airport has on its neighbours.”
GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) website:
Gatwick Expansion. GACC has objected to a planning application by Gatwick Airport to expand the
North Terminal to enable the airport to handle 40 million passengers a year with
20,000 extra flights. Full details of the planning application here and our objection here