Airports Commission publishes new discussion document – a call for evidence on “Delivering new runway capacity”

The Airports Commission has published its 7th Discussion Paper,  “Delivering new runway capacity: call for evidence.” The deadline for comment is 15th August.  The paper explores: – legal and planning issues surrounding runway capacity;  engagement with local communities including compensation and mitigation; and the role of the state. The Commission welcomes feedback on these issues, to help in its deliberations.  The paper sets out the two main routes through planning that a runway proposal could take, either through the NSIP (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) route, or through a Hybrid Bill in Parliament. The paper also raises issues such as how decisions on associated housing should be dealt with; it considers how consultation can best be carried out to be effective; it asks to what extent – if at all – the State should subsidise an airport, without falling foul of European regulations on state aid; and likewise on spending tax payers’ money on surface transport, that mainly benefits an airport and its users. The Commission recognises the importance of noise, and will use multiple contours for LAeq and Lden as well as N70 daytime and N60 night ‘number above’ contours.


Airports Commission opens a consultation,

 “Delivering new runway capacity: call for evidence”

This discussion paper calls for evidence on issues which the Airports Commission has identified as being of interest to the delivery of new runway capacity.
The paper explores:

– legal and planning issues surrounding runway capacity
– engagement with local communities including compensation and mitigation
– the role of the state

How to respond: Email to:

Consultation closes 5pm on 15th August 2014

Discussion paper 07: delivery of new runway capacity