by Natalie Vincent Tue 17 April 2018, 1:24 pm
A 10-week public consultation on the planned Heathrow expansion saw thousands of residents providing feedback on options on how to deliver and operate an expanded airport, alongside ideas for new airspace design.
The consultation, which closed on 29 March 2018, comprised 40 events in London, Surrey and the Thames Valley. Heathrow was seeking views on how to shape its plans on expanding its UK global presence, while showing how it would fulfil promises made to local communities and meeting strict environmental tests.
Heathrow expansion director Emma Gilthorpe said: "Moving to the next phase of planning brings us one step closer to helping secure the UK's future as a prosperous, global trading nation. We remain committed to developing Heathrow in a sustainable and responsible way and will continue working with our many stakeholders, including local communities, to create an expanded airport that delivers for everyone."
The feedback received will help now shape a masterplan for expansion, which will be put out to a second consultation in early 2019, following parliamentary approval of the Airports National Policy Statement. The document has already outlined concerns that air quality for 2.2 million residents would be affected as a result of the scheme.
This second consultation will also present detailed plans of geographic areas that would host flight paths.
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