London/Gatwick Airport has made formal proposals to use the facility’s existing northern (standby) runway for regular operations. Management at the London hub has submitted a notice to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) of its “intention to prepare an application for development consent” to bring the runway into routine use.
The news follows the publication of a master plan in July, when Gatwick announced it would prepare a planning application for the development. If successful, it would see smaller, departing aircraft using the northern runway alongside the main strip by the mid-2020s.
A wide-reaching public consultation is scheduled to be held next year, after which additional updates to the proposals will be incorporated. An application for development consent will then be made to PINS, which will examine Gatwick’s application and provide a recommendation to the Secretary of State, who will then make the ultimate decision.