Draft master plan 2018
As part of the airport planning process - and reflecting industry best practice - Gatwick creates and regularly publishes a ‘master plan’ to show how the airport intends to develop and grow in the longer term. The master plan also helps to inform the wider regional and local planning process.
Our 2018 draft master plan sets out proposals for the airport’s ongoing development and sustainable growth. In it we explain our latest thinking on how the airport can meet the increasing demand for air travel and provide Britain with enhanced global connectivity.
We also demonstrate how we can create new opportunities for the region and continue to bolster the local economy for future generations, while doing everything possible to develop and grow in a sustainable way - striking the right balance between economic growth and environmental impact.
This draft master plan is also a direct response to the Government’s recent call for UK airports to look at ‘making best use of their existing runways’ and we explore how Gatwick could grow across three scenarios:
Main runway: using new technologies to increase capacityIn the near term, the airport has explored how deploying new technology could increase the capacity of the main runway, offering incremental growth through more efficient operations.
Standby runway: innovative plan to bring existing standby runway into useUnder its current planning agreement, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies. However, the 40-year planning agreement will come to an end in 2019. The draft master plan sets out for the first time how we could potentially bring our existing standby runway into routine use for departing flights, alongside the main runway, by the mid-2020s.
This innovative development, which would meet all international safety requirements, would be delivered without increasing the airport’s noise footprint and provide greater operational resilience.
Additional runway: safeguarding for the futureWhile we are not actively pursuing the option of a building a brand new runway to the south of the airport - as we did through the Airports Commission process - we believe it is in the national interest to continue to safeguard this land for the future as part of our master plan.
You can view the full draft master plan and an aerial film highlighting the location of the three scenarios outlined in the draft master plan. We have also created high resolution versions of some of the maps included in our draft master plan at the bottom of this page.
Our draft master plan consultation document is designed to explain the consultation in more detail.
We believe the plans offer safe, agile, low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new runway capacity from within our existing infrastructure - however, it is important that everyone has their say so we look forward to hearing the views of our local communities, partners and stakeholders.
A 12-week public consultation is now live and includes six public exhibitions in our local area, which will help inform the publication of the final master plan early next year. We would welcome your views and encourage you to respond before it closes at 5pm on 10 January 2019.
Please come along to one of our public exhibitions, where you'll have the opportunity to review our plans and talk to us about the future of Gatwick Airport. Exhibitions will be held at the following dates and locations:
Date: Saturday 3 November
Location: The Barn, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
Date: Thursday 8 November
Location: Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon, CR0 1TY
Date: Saturday 10 November
Location: Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SS
Date: Monday 12 November
Location: Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2RG
Date: Saturday 17 November
Location: County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley, RH10 1FG
Date: Saturday 24 November
Location: Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way, Horley RH6 8SP
The venues have been selected across the Gatwick region to enable a reasonable travelling time, both by car and public transport.
*The times for the Brighton event are slightly different from those originally published.
**This additional exhibition has been added since the initial announcement.
If you are unable to attend our exhibitions, you can read our public information below and let us know your thoughts by responding to our online consultation or by post.
Your views are important to us as we consider how best to grow Gatwick Airport sustainably, including making best use of the existing runways in line with Government policy.
In 2019, we will publish a final master plan document which will consider the feedback received during the consultation period.
If you would like more information, our details are:
Tel: 0808 168 7925
There are copies of the full draft master plan document available at the public libraries listed below:
|Brighton Jublilee||Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE|
|Crawley||Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG|
|East Grinstead||32-40 West Street, East Grinstead, RH19 4SR|
|Edenbridge||The Eden Centre, Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6BY|
|Horley||Victoria Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7AB|
|Horsham||Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham, RH12 1PJ|
|Lingfield||The Guest House, Vicarage Rd, Lingfield RH7 6HA|
|Tunbridge Wells||84 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1JN|
If you need a printed copy of the master plan, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a cost of £48 for this service.
If you would like a copy in large print or another language please email us at email@example.com with your request.
(please note these are large files)
|Plan 4: Location Plan||
Plan 5: Key Features
Plan 6: Land Use
|Plan 7: Surface Water Drainage|
|Plan 8: Landscape & Biodiversity Assets||Plan 9: Airport Layout 2022||Plan 13: Surface Access Key Features||Plan 14: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2017|
|Plan 15: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2017||Plan 16: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2022||Plan 17: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2022||Plan 18: Airport Layout Main Runway 2032|
|Plan 19: Airport Layout (Standby & Main Runway 2032)||Plan 20: Airport Layout (Additional Runway)||Plan 21: Safeguarded Land||Plan 22: Surface Access|
|Plan 23: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2028||Plan 24: Summer Night 2028||Plan 25: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2032||Plan 26: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2032|
|Plan 27: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2028||Plan 28: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2028||Plan 29: Air Noise Map Summer Day 2032||Plan 30: Air Noise Map Summer Night 2032|
|Plan 31 - Air Noise Map Summer 2040|
Master plan 2012
Our current master plan was published in 2012 and will be replaced in 2019, once our draft master plan is finalised.