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Heathrow Airport expansion

Increasing airport capacity in the south-east of England.

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.

The revised draft 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 will need to meet to gain development consent

Benefits of Heathrow expansion

Have your say on a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport

From 2 February to 25 May 2017 the government ran a consultation asking for views on the draft Airport National Policy Statement. A summary of responses to the February 2017 consultation has been published.

In September 2017 we announced the need to conduct further consultation on a revised draft Airports National Policy Statement. This was to take into account new evidence that was unavailable when the original draft was first published. In particular, this relates to updated aviation demand forecasts and the government’s national air quality plan.

The further consultation on the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement ran from 24 October to 19 December 2017. The government will publish its response to both consultations after this period of further consultation.

Have your say on Heathrow Airport expansion

Revised draft Airports National Policy Statement and supporting documents

  1. Revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Policy paper
  2. Appraisal of sustainability for the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Research and analysis
  3. Health impact analysis for the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Impact assessment
  4. Equality assessment for the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Impact assessment
  5. Habitats regulations assessment for the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Impact assessment
  6. Airport expansion: updated cost and benefits appraisal

    • Research and analysis
  7. Heathrow Airport north-west runway: map of potential noise changes

    • Map
  8. Airport expansion: further updated air quality re-analysis

    • Research and analysis
  9. Statement of approach for the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement

    • Policy paper

Announcements

  1. Government outlines next steps for delivering airport expansion

    • News story
  2. Aviation update 24 October 2017

    • Written statement to Parliament
  3. Update on draft Airports National Policy Statement process

    • Written statement to Parliament
  4. Update on the Airports NPS and a decision on night flights

    • Written statement to Parliament
  5. Additional airport capacity and airspace policy reform

    • Oral statement to Parliament
  6. Major step forward in building a global Britain as public has its say on airport expansion

    • News story
  7. Airport capacity and airspace policy

    • Written statement to Parliament
  8. Government decides on new runway at Heathrow

    • News story
  9. Airport capacity

    • Oral statement to Parliament

Reports accompanying the government’s preferred scheme

  1. UK aviation forecasts 2017

    • Research and analysis
  2. Carbon abatement in UK aviation

    • Independent report
  3. DfT aviation fleet mix model: a review

    • Independent report
  4. Airport expansion: DfT review of the Airports Commission's final report

    • Research and analysis
  5. Airport expansion: global comparison of airport mitigation measures

    • Research and analysis
  6. Airport expansion: Highways England assurance report

    • Research and analysis
  7. Heathrow Airport Limited: statement of principles

    • Policy paper
  8. Heathrow Airport expansion: summary document

    • Policy paper
Published 25 October 2016
Last updated 24 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Consultation on the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement.
  2. Update on draft Airports National Policy Statement process.
  3. Update on progress on the Airports National Policy Statement.
  4. Draft Airports National Policy Statement update.
  5. Information boards from the consultation information events.
  6. Consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement.
  7. First published.