Issue details

Gatwick Airport Draft Master Plan 2018: Approval of Consultation Response

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has revised the non-statutory Gatwick Airport Master Plan, setting out its vision about how the airport can meet growing demand for air travel and deliver global connections into the early 2030s.  The draft of the new Master Plan was published for comment on 18 October 2018 for 12 weeks until 10 January 2019. 


The new Master Plan, which will replace the current 2012 Master Plan, explains how Gatwick would develop and grow, balancing economic growth and environmental impact.  It sets out the plan for the next five years together with three growth scenarios looking 5-15 years ahead to 2032.  The scenarios, which could be taken forward separately or in combination, are: increase capacity using the existing main runway; bring the existing standby (or emergency) runway into routine use alongside the main runway; and continue to safeguard land for an additional runway to the south (while not actively pursuing one at this stage).


GAL considers that the proposals are in line with the Government’s policy for making best use of existing runways and that it will deliver highly-productive, incremental new capacity with minimal environmental impact, to complement expansion schemes at other airports across the South East (including a third runway at Heathrow).


The draft Master Plan also contains environmental information as well as information on economic and employment strategies and community engagement strategies.  A number of questions have been posed by GAL as part of the consultation.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 01/11/2018

Decision due: January 2019 by Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure

Lead member: Councillor Roger Elkins

Contact: Mike Elkington, Head of Planning Services Email: Tel: 033 022 26463.

Consultation process

Representations concerning this proposed decision can be made to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, via the officer contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.



Internal with officers and members.

Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee on 6 December 2018

Democratic Services Contact: Judith Shore Tel: 033 022 26052

West Sussex Plan Priority: A Prosperous Place


Background papers

  • None