Council planners gear up for proposed airport expansion

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 23 Mar 2015


A local authority planning team is looking at the possible ramifications of plans for a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

Crawley Borough Council's planning team is awaiting the publication of a long-awaited report from the Airports Commission on boosting airport capacity, due this summer.

The commission is currently considering three options - a third runway or lengthening an existing runway at Heathrow or building a second runway at Gatwick.

Principal planning officer Rachel Cordery told Planning: “We have Gatwick Airport within our administrative boundary.

“If a second runway is chosen for Gatwick we would have to consider what this means in terms of jobs and housing, which has big implications for planning.

“Currently we don't have enough housing land available within our boundaries and our local plan is under examination so it's a busy but exciting time.”

Crawley Borough Council is seeking to recruit a new trainee planner or planning officer to help progress the local plan.

The new postholder will contribute to a variety of other planning and environmental improvement projects, including heritage and sustainability work.

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