S106 agreement & action plans

We work closely with the local authorities close to Gatwick on social, environmental and economic matters. In 2001, Gatwick Airport signed a Section 106 (S106) legal agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council (following consultation with seven other local authorities in the area). The agreement reflected a shared desire to see the airport grow, with measures in place to minimise as far as possible its short and long term impacts. In 2008 the S106 agreement was renewed for a further seven years, and in December 2015, it was extended until the end of 2018. In 2019, a further extension was agreed to the end of 2021.

The agreement

The agreement defines how Gatwick's operation, growth and environmental impacts will be managed responsibly and ensures that our wider sustainability strategy is aligned with local authority partners. It is considered as a best practice case in the UK by external stakeholders. The agreement underpins the important relationship between the airport owner and the local authorities with responsibility for planning, environmental management and highways.

Performance against the S106 agreement is reported in the S106 Annual Monitoring Report which covers our actions to fulfil our obligations and commitments; and is also communicated to the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM). 

Legal Agreement

Read our full legal agreement for 2019 to 2021 (very large file)

S106 Annual Monitoring Reports 

We report annually on our performance against our S106 obligations and our S106/Decade of Change action plan commitments.

Annual Monitoring Report 2019 
Annual Monitoring Report 2018 
Annual Monitoring Report 2017 
Annual Monitoring Report 2016 
Annual Monitoring Report 2015  

Each year we report on how we are progressing against our targets in our Decade of Change performance reports. You can read our latest report and those from previous years on our sustainability reports page.

Action plans

We have ten action plans and each of these plans shows how our S106 Legal Agreement and our Decade of Change sustainability strategy are closely aligned to ensure that Gatwick Airport continues to grow sustainably. They also highlight our goals and the actions we're taking to deliver these two programmes. Specifically, the action plans are focused on the delivery of our Decade of Change goals and S106 Legal Agreement Obligations. 

The action plans cover the following issues:  air quality, biodiversity, carbon, community, energy, local economy, noise, surface access, waste, and water quality and consumption. Following the extension of the S106 agreement, the current plans have also been extended to 2021. They build on the preceding set of action plans which covered the period 2012 to 2014. 

Read or download our consolidated action plans document