The expansion of Heathrow Airport is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Permission to build the runway and other airport-related facilities will be granted via a Development Consent Order (DCO) in accordance with the Planning Act 2008.
Airport Expansion Consultation 2, which is the formal process for the DCO process, started on 18 June 2019 and lasts until 13 September 2019. This is part of the ‘Preliminary Environmental Information Report’ (PEIR) which will contain the elements listed below.
Over the last 12-18 months Slough Borough Council has been working with Heathrow Airports Limited ( HAL) regarding their preferred Masterplan. Airport Expansion Consultation 2 will include the results of this work. However the Masterplan at this moment does not include all the benefits Slough Borough Council is wanting to achieve as part of the expansion.
Listed below are some of the top priorities to which SBC is seeking HAL commitment, prior to the DCO application being submitted.
The HAL preferred Masterplan will take account of the comments from this consultation with a view to “fixing” the design before the end 2019.
For further information on the expansion plans, visit the Heathrow Expansion website.
Slough Borough Council announced its support for expansion at Heathrow, favouring Heathrow Airport Limited’s North West runway on 3 February 2015.
The council submitted the follow response to the Airports Commission consultation:
Since September 2012 the UK Airports Commission (known as the Davies Commission) has been looking at whether the UK needs more airport capacity.
In October 2013, the commission concluded additional runways will be needed in the south east but has not decided where.
Some options being considered by the commission propose closing Heathrow and moving the airport elsewhere, but the damage this would inflict on the west London economy has not been calculated.
We joined forces with the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing to find out how many jobs in the area rely on Heathrow – and therefore would be at risk if Heathrow were to close, or reduce in size.
The reports produced will highlight this issue to the UK Airports Commission.