The issue of airport development is of importance to residents and businesses in Mole Valley.
The Airports Commission was established in 2012 to examine the need for additional runway capacity in the UK. It published its final report in July 2015. The Commission has recommended that a third runway at Heathrow is the best option for providing additional runway capacity. The recommendation is contingent on a package of measures to mitigate the environmental effects.
Mole Valley's Position
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) welcomes the Airports Commission's recommendation. A third runway at Heathrow is preferable to residents in Mole Valley who were concerned that a second runway at Gatwick would have significant local impact. The proposed expansion at Heathrow will also have greater economic benefit both locally and nationally.
In its response to the Commission (see 'Downloads'), MVDC emphasised the need to improve road and rail links as an integral part of Heathrow airport expansion. It will continue to lobby for road and rail improvements to cater for growth at Heathrow and to alleviate current congestion.
Gatwick will remain an important international airport. MVDC believes that expansion at Heathrow should not overshadow the need for improved road and rail links to Gatwick as it continues to grow as a one-runway, two terminal airport.
Gatwick Airport Draft Master Plan 2018
In October 2018, Gatwick Airport Limited published a Draft Master Plan for consultation which sets out proposals for the airport's ongoing development and growth over the next 16 years. There are three 'growth scenarios' listed in the Master Plan, including an option to utilise the emergency runway for departures alongside the existing main runway. MVDC submitted a comprehensive response to the consultation which can be viewed below, in the 'Downloads' section.