On 25 October 2016 the government announced its support for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.
The government believes a new north-west runway at Heathrow will strengthen and develop the UK’s links with the rest of the world. Offering new and improved opportunities for tourism and trade.
The potential expansion of Heathrow would have an impact on local communities. The government is clear that a world-class package of measures should be put in place to support them. Expansion can happen within existing air quality requirements. This will be a condition of planning approval.
The draft Airports National Policy Statement sets out the policy that applies to decisions on whether major infrastructure projects can go ahead.
We are running a 16 week public consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement. The consultation will include local events for people to find out more about the proposals.