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Plans for second Gatwick Airport runway include flight paths over west Kent

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Original article from Kent Live

Gatwick Airport has opened a public consultation on plans to bring its existing emergency runway into routine use.

The changes, which would mean passenger numbers increasing from a pre-pandemic peak of 45 million to 75 million by 2038, have been slammed, appalling by campaign groups opposed to airport expansion.

The increase would see the Sussex airport servicing the same number of passengers as a pre-pandemic Heathrow.

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Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign spokesman Richard Streatfeild said the plans were a "huge jump" in passenger numbers, were not based on reality and could not justified.

Mr Streatfeild said the plans were also heavily reliant on increasing flights on the airport's normal runway and this would mean a narrowing of the flight path – meaning more noise and disruption to people living beneath, particularly in Tunbridge Wells, Crowborough, Edenbridge and the villages of Penshurst, Hever and Chiddingstone.

Richard Streatfield

"But the real issue is they will be breaking our attempt at getting to net zero carbon by 2030. There is no way this will happen if Gatwick is allowed to expand in this way. They are playing loose and fast with the environmental impact," he said.

The airport's plans mean repositioning its standby runway by 12 metres to the north to be mainly used by planes taking off. The £500 million scheme would create more than 18,000 jobs and bring an extra £1.5 billion into the region once operational in 2029, the airport said.

Airport bosses said although passenger numbers were currently low they were confident about recovery and were bringing forward proposals now to give the them time to gain permissions and start work.

The airport's chief executive, Stewart Wingate said: "Our northern runway proposals will help boost our economy, maintain competition within the London market, open up new connections and support a global Britain.

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"They will also open up exciting new employment opportunities, create additional jobs and further enable travel to visit family and friends, take a leisure break or foster trade and business links. Our proposals are forward looking and seek to bring significant benefits for our region.

“ I am confident in our future and very pleased to present these proposals for public consultation. We would like to hear views from local residents and anyone interested in our proposals . "

The consultation will be open for 12 weeks until December 1.

Anyone who would like to comment can do so by filling out an online questionnaire at gatwickairport.com/futureplans, emailing comments to feedback@gatwickfutureplans.com or sending a hard copy of the questionnaire to FREEPOST RTRB-LUUJ-AGBY.

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