The UK Government has outlined the next stage towards the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport, with the launch of a consultation process.
As part of the consultation process, the government is seeking a public response on the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement, which comprises long-term aviation forecasts and the new national air quality plan.
The decision to allow the delivery of a new north-west runway at Heathrow was taken by the government a year ago in a bid to open up new links between the UK and other global markets.
Final proposals for expansion at the airport are expected to be published early next year for a vote in UK Parliament.
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Airport expansion is one of the most important types of infrastructure projects for the UK, both in boosting our economy and jobs and promoting us on the world stage.
“The case for expanding Heathrow is as strong as ever and we want to hear your views on it. This is an important consultation and I encourage everybody to get involved across the UK.”
Once the final document is cleared by the MPs, it will establish the planning policy framework required by the airport to bring forward a planning application for the new runway.
According to governmental statistics, the proposed runway is expected to result in a £74bn benefit to passengers and the wider UK economy over a period of 60 years.
It is also expected to create several additional local jobs by 2030, and serve an additional 260,000 flights a year by 2040.
The planning consent is subject to the new runway fulfilling with the country’s air quality and climate change obligations.
Under the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement, applicants need to deliver at least six additional domestic routes across the country by 2030 and set legally binding noise targets in order to approve the construction of a new runway.