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Policy lift-off as the Government publishes its long-awaited Heathrow expansion statement

2 February 2017

Airports National Policy Statement

The Government has today published a draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS), preparing the way for a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport

The NPS outlines the Government’s policy on the need for new airport capacity in the South East of England, the reasons why a north-west runway at Heathrow airport was chosen and sets out planning policy framework which the Heathrow Airport will have to comply with to gain planning consent for a new runway. 

The government has launched a consultation on the draft NPS which will run for 16 weeks and closes at 11:45pm on Friday 25 May 2017.

The government have today also launched a consolation on proposed changes to modernise the management of the UK’s airspace. The proposals include the creation of a new Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise, giving the Transport Secretary the power to “call in” proposed changes to airspace and improved compensation for people affected by noise. 

This consultation also launched today and will run for 16 weeks, closing at 11:45pm on Friday 25 May 2017.

Read our summary of the government’s National Policy Statement, an overview of the next steps and political and stakeholder reaction to the announcement.

Matthew Bentley, Transport Policy Specialist
Matthew Bentley
Transport Policy Specialist

Reflecting the significance of infrastructure across DeHavilland's client portfolio, Matthew Bentley provides monitoring and research for the transport, construction and housing sectors. Matthew graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA in History and Politics.