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Gatwick Airport initiates planning process to use its existing Northern Runway

Gatwick Airport has formally started the process to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use by submitting a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its intention to prepare an application for development consent.

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This action establishes the ‘Gatwick Airport Northern Runway’ project on the PINS website and is the first step in the Development Consent Order (DCO) application process.

Next month, the airport will submit a ‘Scoping Request’ to PINS, which sets out the proposed approach and key issues to be included within the process.

Following the publication of its master plan in July, Gatwick announced it would prepare a planning application known as a DCO – through a rigorous statutory process. The application is to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway (also known as the standby runway) into routine use for smaller, departing aircraft alongside the main runway by the mid-2020s.

Tim Norwood, Gatwick’s Chief Planning Officer, said:

“As the biggest private investments in our region for many years, the start of the process to use our existing Northern Runway is a significant milestone. This project has the capacity to offer significant local economic benefits, new jobs and an exciting future for the region. As we take our plans forward, we are committed to working in partnership with our local communities, councils and partners to ensure we grow sustainably and present information in a clear and transparent way, including a more detailed stage of public consultation on the project next year.”

The first stages in the DCO process involve Gatwick carrying out surveys and preparing detailed environmental information on the Northern Runway plans later this year.

A public consultation will be held next year, after which further updates to the plans will be incorporated. An application for development consent will then be made to PINS, who will examine the application and provide a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will then make a decision.

All documents submitted to PINS by Gatwick will be publicly available on the PINS website throughout the DCO process. To read the Gatwick master plan, please visit our website.

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A ‘Huge drugs bust’ at Gatwick turns out to be ingredients for Vegan cake

A potential HUGE DRUGS BUST turns out to not be quite what they thought it was!

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Photo: Twitter @BTPSussex

Following a report police officers were called to Gatwick Airport Station on Wed 28th Aug.

A suitcase had been found stuffed full with 25 bags containing an unlabeled powder.

A potential drugs haul was then sent away for testing. But the results were not quiet what was expected.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said:

“Following a number of enquiries and tests, it was determined these bags of powder were cake ingredients for a vegan bakery.”

Police later confirmed that the owner of the bag and the ingredients were eventually reunited whereby they were offered a slice of cake in return for their work.

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