Gatwick Airport Northern Runway

Project information

Latest update - 17 April 2024

The agendas for Issue Specific Hearings 6 and 7 and Compulsory Acquisition Hearing 1 (PDF, 231KB) and for Open Floor Hearing 3 (PDF, 218KB), taking place between 30 April and 2 May 2024, have now been published.

The Examination Timetable reserved 3 May 2024 for a further Accompanied Site Inspection (ASI) to be held if required. Please note that, following consideration of the suggestions submitted by Interested Parties regarding sites to be inspected, the Examining Authority (ExA) does not consider it necessary for a further ASI to be held on this date and therefore the date has been cancelled. The ExA will undertake further Unaccompanied Site Inspections as part of the Examination process.

The Examination Library (PDF, 807KB) has been updated.

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About the project

Type of application: Airports

Name of applicant: Gatwick Airport Limited

The amendment of Gatwick Airport to support dual runway operations through the routine use of the existing northern runway and to accommodate up to 74 million passengers per annum. The development will include amendments to taxiways, terminals and ancillary facilities, highways and rivers; as well as temporary construction works, mitigation works and other associated development.

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Project stage

This project is at the examination stage.

During the examination stage, anyone who has registered to have their say can submit comments at the deadlines set out in the examination timetable. You may also attend hearings, if hearings are held.

You can also view the rule 8 letter to find out more about what you can do during the examination stage.

Find out more about the examination of the application stage.

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This is where the applicant starts to create their application. The applicant is required to consult with people and organisations in the area. They must also create detailed documents about the impact the project could have on the environment.

It is important to get involved at this stage to influence the application before the applicant sends it to the Planning Inspectorate.

Find out what you can do at this stage and check our detailed guides.

This is when the applicant sends us their application documents. We check if we can accept the application for examination. We have 28 days to make this decision.

How the acceptance stage works and what happens next.

The Examining Authority is appointed and is made up of one or more inspectors. Anyone who wants to have their say needs to register at this stage.

The applicant must publish that the application has been accepted by us. They include when and how parties can register to get involved. The time period for registering is set by the applicant but must be no less than 28 days.

The pre-examination stage usually takes about 3 months.

What happens during the pre-examination stage.

The Examining Authority will ask questions about the proposed development. The applicant and anyone who has registered to have their say can get involved and submit comments at each deadline in the timetable. You can also attend hearings that may take place. This stage takes up to 6 months.

What happens at the examination stage?
In progress

The Examining Authority writes its recommendation report. This must be completed and sent to the relevant Secretary of State within 3 months of the end of examination stage.

Making a recommendation.
Not started

The decision stage is when the relevant Secretary of State then reviews the report and makes the final decision. They have 3 months to make a decision.

Who makes the final decision.
Not started
What happens after the decision is made

Once the Secretary of State has made a decision, there is a 6 week period where people can challenge the decision in the high court. This is called a judicial review.

What you can do after the decision has been made.
Not started

Project location

Gatwick Airport

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