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Consultation on Revised Draft Airports National Policy Statement

On 25th October 2016, the Government announced that its preferred scheme for adding new runway capacity in the South East of England was through a Northwest Runway at Heathrow Airport and this would be subject to consultation through a draft Airports National Policy Statement (“draft Airports NPS”). The draft Airports NPS was published on 2nd February 2017, launching a 16-week period of public consultation (the “February Consultation”).

In the consultation document for the February Consultation, the Government explained it would continue to update the evidence base which was considered when it selected a Northwest Runway at Heathrow as its preferred scheme. The intention had been to publish this during the February Consultation but there was no suitable time to do so. The aviation model has been developed to incorporate the latest market data and to produce an updated set of demand forecasts.

In July 2017 the Government also published the UK Air Quality Plan which sets out a range of measures to bring nitrogen dioxide air pollution within legal limits in the shortest possible time. The Government has revised the draft Airports NPS to take account of this updated evidence base, and made other amendments as a result of either consideration of consultation responses or a change in the Government’s policy. The Government is therefore undertaking a short period of further consultation.

Before answering any of the questions please read the consultation document for the further consultation (“further consultation document”) which can be found at (opens in new tab/window).

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This consultation is currently open.
Start date: Tuesday 24th October
End date: Tuesday 19th December

This process is provided by Dialogue by Design on behalf of the Department for Transport.