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Heathrow Airport expansion

Increasing airport capacity in the south-east of England.

Designated Airports National Policy Statement

The designated Airports National Policy Statement sets out:

  • the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England
  • why government believes that need is best met by a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport
  • the specific requirements that an applicant for a new north-west runway would need to meet to gain development consent

On 5 June 2018 the proposed Airports National Policy Statement was laid before Parliament. On 25 June 2018, the House of Commons held a debate and vote on the proposed Airports National Policy Statement. On 26 June 2018, following approval of the statement by the House of Commons, the Secretary of State formally designated it as a national policy statement under section 5(1) of the Planning Act 2008.

Alongside the designated Airports National Policy Statement, the government has published a Post adoption statement and a Relationship framework document. This sets out how it will work with Heathrow Airport Limited to deliver the new runway.

The next stage of the process will see the scheme’s developers bring forward detailed proposals for planning consent. This will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.

Why we chose a north-west runway at Heathrow

The government’s preferred scheme for meeting the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England is a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.

Airports National Policy Statement on a proposed a new runway at Heathrow

  1. Government agrees final proposal for Heathrow expansion

    • News story
  2. Proposed Heathrow expansion

    • Oral statement to Parliament
  3. Heathrow Airport expansion: a summary

    • Policy paper
  4. Why we prefer a new runway at Heathrow

    • Policy paper
  5. A new runway at Heathrow and London and the South East

    • Policy paper
  6. A new runway at Heathrow and the North East

    • Policy paper
  7. A new runway at Heathrow and the North West

    • Policy paper
  8. A new runway at Heathrow and the South West

    • Policy paper
  9. A new runway at Heathrow and Yorkshire and the Humber

    • Policy paper
  10. A new runway at Heathrow and Scotland

    • Policy paper
  11. A new runway at Heathrow and Wales

    • Policy paper
  12. A new runway at Heathrow and Northern Ireland

    • Policy paper

Listening to views and Parliamentary scrutiny

From 2 February to 25 May 2017 the government ran a consultation asking for views on the need for increased airport capacity and on the draft Airports National Policy Statement.

Between 24 October and 19 December 2017 a further period of consultation was conducted on a revised draft to take into account new evidence that wasn’t available during the original consultation.

The government has published a response to both these consultations.

Further analysis of the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement was also carried out through a Transport Committee inquiry. Overall, they concluded that the government was right to pursue the option of the new north –west runway at Heathrow. The government has published a response to the Transport Committee inquiry.

After taking into account the consultation responses and the report and recommendations of the Transport Committee, the government remains of the view that new runway capacity is needed in the south-east and that the Heathrow north-west runway scheme is the best option for delivering it.

  1. Heathrow north-west runway and air quality

    • Policy paper
  2. Heathrow north-west runway and community compensation

    • Policy paper
  3. Heathrow north-west runway and domestic connectivity

    • Policy paper
  4. Heathrow north-west runway and economic regulation

    • Policy paper
  5. Heathrow north-west runway and noise

    • Policy paper
  6. Heathrow north-west runway and the Planning Act

    • Policy paper
  7. Heathrow north-west runway and surface access

    • Policy paper
  8. Heathrow expansion: letter exchange with Civil Aviation Authority

    • Correspondence
  9. Heathrow Airport Limited: notification of a contingent liability

    • Written statement to Parliament
  10. Heathrow expansion: revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Consultation outcome
  11. Heathrow expansion: draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Consultation outcome
  12. Government response to the Transport Committee report on the revised draft Airports NPS

    • Policy paper
  13. Independent review of the October 2017 revised draft Airports NPS consultation

    • Independent report
  14. Independent review of the February 2017 draft Airports NPS consultation

    • Independent report

Announcements

Appraisal of sustainability and supporting documents

An appraisal of the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the policy set out in the proposed Airports National Policy Statement and options recommended for mitigating potential impacts.

Published 25 October 2016
Last updated 26 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Designation of the Airports National Policy Statement.
  2. Proposed Airports National Policy Statement.
  3. Consultation on the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement.
  4. Update on draft Airports National Policy Statement process.
  5. Update on progress on the Airports National Policy Statement.
  6. Draft Airports National Policy Statement update.
  7. Information boards from the consultation information events.
  8. Consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement.
  9. First published.