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09/10/2019 - Second consultation announced for proposed London Luton Airport expansion

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Second consultation announced for proposed London Luton Airport expansion

Luton Council’s airport company – London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) – is pleased to confirm that a second public consultation on its proposed long-term expansion of the airport is to take place this autumn.

​The consultation will run for nearly nine weeks from 16 October until 16 December, with a series of 34 consultation events taking place across the town and the region between 25 October and 7 December.

At these events, everyone will have the opportunity to look at the plans, speak with members of the project team, and provide their views.

Following feedback received during its first consultation in summer 2018, LLAL is proposing sustainable, phased growth of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) by 2039, by providing a second terminal north of the runway and extensive new airfield infrastructure.
 
Also proposed are a third station and extension for the Luton DART fast transit from Luton Airport Parkway station to the new terminal, plus on- and off-site highway improvements.
 
LLAL is further proposing a new incremental funding package, on expansion consent, that would provide up to an additional £14m a year at 32 mppa for local communities most impacted by airport operations.
LLAL is not proposing any changes to the existing single runway – or any increase in the number of night flights currently permitted, from 11.30pm to 6am.
 
Robin Porter, Chief Executive of Luton Council, said the airport is a key driver for economic growth and prosperity in the sub-region.
 
He said: “The proposed development would deliver enormous benefits, including an estimated 16,000 new jobs, with around a third of those directly employed at the airport.
 
“In Luton, airport growth would help the council deliver its ambitious goal to ensure no-one in Luton is living in poverty by 2040, and on a national level would deliver an annual £2 billion uplift to the UK economy.
 
“The proposal minimises impact on green belt, and will be delivered in line with robust targets set within Luton Council’s new net-zero carbon emissions pledge.”
 
Ciaran Scanlon, LLAL Programme Delivery Director, said actively managing environmental impacts is an absolute priority for the airport company.
 
He said: “We recognise that our proposals would bring impacts, for the environment and people who live and work nearby. That is why we are absolutely committed to bringing forward expansion with the highest standards of public interest and are setting out measures to tackle noise, climate change, air quality and travel to and from the airport.
 
"Our new sustainability strategy includes a range of challenging targets for both the short- and longer-term.Our new sustainability strategy includes a range of challenging targets for both the short- and longer-term.
 
“Key to this will be our commitment to making it significantly easier to get to and from the airport by public transport, and our target is to make sure at least 45 per cent of airport passengers do this from 2029 onwards.”
 
As part of its consultation, LLAL will further outline proposals to enhance the existing compensation and noise insulation schemes for residents most affected by an expanded airport. This offer has been designed to exceed that provided by other major UK airports, including Heathrow, and put London Luton among the most generous schemes in UK aviation.

LLAL would also create a new area of public open space that is at least 10 per cent bigger than the existing Wigmore Valley Park, maintains the existing main entrance and includes enhanced facilities and accessibility.

The extent of the proposed development means it is considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and therefore LLAL will be applying to the government for a Development Consent Order (DCO).
Its application will be examined by the government’s Planning Inspectorate and a final decision made by the Secretary of State for Transport – not Luton Council.

Full details of the consultation events are available now on the Future Luton webite and all documents being published as part of the consultation – including the Guide to Statutory Consultation and the feedback form, which together provide all the key information – will also be available on the website from 16 October. 
 

www.futureluton.llal.org.uk/

Your views can be provided online, by completing a paper feedback form, or by sending us a letter or email.

The consultation will close at 11.59pm on 16 December 2019, and feedback forms with a postal date on or before 16 December will be accepted.

Mr Scanlon added: “We are encouraging as many people as possible to give their views for the future success of London Luton Airport. We will carefully consider every comment provided during this consultation as we continue to develop our proposals and prepare our application for consent, and will ensure stakeholders are kept informed about how we have responded to their feedback.”

LLAL is intending to submit its application to the Planning Inspectorate in summer 2020, and based on that timing the decision by the Secretary of State for Transport could be made towards the end of 2021.
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