New smaller Gatwick consultation, largely on road changes, before its 2023 DCO application

In autumn 2021 Gatwick held a consultation on its plans to use its northern, standby, runway as a full runway, for routine use for departing aircraft (not arriving) – alongside the main runway.  The expansion plan means having to reposition the centre line of the standby runway, moving it 12 metres north. The 2021 consultation was not the Development Consent Order (DCO) application itself.  Gatwick hopes to get consent to start the first stages of the runway process by 2023. It is now consulting again, (start 14th June – ends 27th July) on a few aspects of its plans, not the whole thing. This new consultation is largely about road changes, and Gatwick says some of the proposals have been amended, due to responses to the earlier consultation. Gatwick plans a significant redesign of the original plan for the North Terminal junction; the addition of a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line; and the addition of a third lane westbound to the A23 approaching Longbridge roundabout. There are also some proposals relating to car parking (slightly fewer than before); more hotel rooms than previously; and a new office block. Gatwick hopes the new runway could be operational by summer 2029.


Consultation documents are at

Additional focused consultation on Gatwick’s updated highway designs starts today

14/06/2022 (Gatwick press release)

Gatwick has today started a focused statutory public consultation on changes to its highway improvement proposals, which form part of the airport’s broader plan to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use, alongside its Main Runway.

The highway design changes are in response to feedback received during the Autumn 2021 consultation on the airport’s Northern Runway plans.  The new consultation will run for just over six weeks, until 11:59pm on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

Full details of the revised plans for the roads around the airport can be found at and include:

  • A significant redesign of the original plan for the North Terminal junction
  • The addition of a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line
  • The addition of a third lane westbound to the A23 approaching Longbridge roundabout

The plans for the South Terminal roundabout remain largely unchanged.

Feedback on other project updates

Gatwick has also today published updates – and is seeking feedback – on other aspects of its Northern Runway plan, following responses to the Autumn 2021 consultation.  These include:

  •  Car Parking – a reduction of around 35% in the number of new car parking spaces proposed, compared with the previous proposal
  • Hotels – to meet the expected increase in demand, 1250 hotels rooms now proposed, compared to 1000 previously, including by converting the existing Destinations Place office block into a new hotel
  • Offices – single new office block proposed to compensate for loss of Destinations Place and to meet expected growth in demand for office space by other airport operators
  • Busses/ travel – proposal to extend funding for local bus services used by staff and to include other incentives to make it easier for staff to travel to work sustainably

The airport’s proposal would see the Northern Runway brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centreline further north by 12 metres – enabling dual runway operations with the Main Runway.  The Northern Runway could be operational by summer 2029.

The majority of the construction works associated with the airfield would be contained within the existing airport boundary and the cost of works – approximately £500m – will be privately financed. The proposals are also low impact, are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways and would generate approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn annual GVA to the region.

The project will also be delivered in a sustainable way which helps the airport to meet its goal of zero airport emissions.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport said: Following our original Northern Runway consultation in the Autumn of 2021, we listened to feedback and have subsequently changed several aspects of our proposals, particularly those related to the roads around the airport.  We’re keen to get further feedback on these amended proposals, and on the other project updates published today, to help us continue to refine our plans.”

Materials to support Gatwick’s latest consultation – along with details on how to respond – are available on the


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Gatwick expansion consultation ends 1st December – its plans would have ‘few benefits’ and many negative impacts

November 26, 2021

The Gatwick consultation on its plans to use its northern, standby, runway as a full runway, ends on 1st December.  It is important that anyone who has strong views on the issue submits a response, even if a very brief one. The impact of the expansion would be to hugely increase noise, carbon emissions, local road and rail congestion, air pollution, light pollution and more. The airport is trying to talk up its plans, with extravagant and improbable claims of the number of jobs that might be created locally, and the positive economic impact.  Local campaign group, GACC, has prepared extensive comments to the consultation, to help people respond. Also a short, quick version that people can use – or ideally adapt into their own words – to express their concerns. GACC says Gatwick’s plans “would have few benefits but serious climate change consequences and devastating impacts on local communities and people under flight paths.”  Any increase in jobs would be by displacement from other regions and would be inconsistent with the government’s ‘levelling up’ plans. And its case for growth simply doesn’t stack up and the consequences are unthinkable.

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Gatwick public consultation begins on plans to convert standby runway to full use as 2nd runway

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