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Gatwick Airport Expansion

There is a clear link between what goes on at Gatwick Airport (in terms of development and operation) and the Manor Royal Business District. The proposal for a second runway at Gatwick is perhaps the clearest demonstration of this.

The purpose of this Q&A page is to pick up on the typical / most frequently asked questions by Manor Royal businesses about activities at Gatwick Airport for hosting on the Manor Royal website as a resource for Manor Royal businesses and a signpost to where Manor Royal businesses can get further information.

The process: what is happening and when?

1. What is the process for deciding if Gatwick gets a second runway & when will that decision be made?

In 2012, the Government created the Airports Commission to examine the need for additional UK airport capacity. It's headed by Sir Howard Davis, so is often referred to as the Davis Commission.
Many airports & airport-scheme promotes put forward proposals in 2013 to be considered by the Commission. In 2014, the Commission announced that they would take forward proposals for Heathrow, Gatwick & the Thames Estuary Airport. This last scheme - often referred to as Boris Island - was ruled out later in the year, leaving only Heathrow and Gatwick options in the running.
The Commission is currently considering the detailed proposals made by both Gatwick and Heathrow, alongside submissions and statements from a wide range of stakeholders. They will make a recommendation to the Government after the next general election, which will be held on the 7th May 2015, though they have not given an exact date.
Ultimately, the Government makes the final decision on where a new runway should go. Though an exact date for the announcement has not been set, many are predicting it will be made in summer 2015.

2. If Gatwick is the preferred option when would development start and when would the new runway be operational?

If Gatwick is given the green light to expand in summer 2015, construction would begin in 2020 with the new runway fully operational in 2025. The time between a decision and the start of construction is needed to obtain detailed planning permissions and undertake appropriate consultations with all those affected.
Impact of development on Manor Royal business: covering how you can find out if you are affected and what businesses can expect if they are affected.

3. Is there a map of where the second runway will go, including any associated development?

http://www.gatwickairport.com/Global/p_0_passenger_images/R2/Plan_map_proposal.pdf (located on http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/New-runway/our-proposal/)

4. How much bigger will Gatwick be?

Gatwick Airport is currently 759ha. The additional land required for the second runway and associated facilities is 596ha.

5. What will happen to Manor Royal?

The majority of the Manor Royal Industrial estate will not be directly affected. However the new airport boundary, and the route of the diverted A23 does impact the northern edge of Manor Royal. Gatwick Airport Limited has published an engagement charterwhich sets out how all businesses and landowners will be engaged and involved in the process, including relocation and compensation arrangements, if Gatwick is selected as the location for a new runway.

6. How can you be sure the infrastructure can cope?

Gatwick Airport Limited have developed a surface access strategy, with the involvement of Network Rail, the Highways Agency and the Local Highways Authorities in Surrey, East and West Sussex and Kent. Their plans include schemes that are already committed and will be delivered before a second runway opens. They also include plans for road improvements around the airport, which have been included as part of the second runway project.

More information can be found here and here 

7. How will you minimise disruption to my business during construction?

If Gatwick is selected, a full and detailed planning process will take place. This will include detailed consultation with all affected parties on the impacts both during construction and once the new runway is operational. This will include detailed arrangements to ensure that disruption during construction is minimised and managed fully.

8. How can I find out if my business premises is affected?

Gatwick Airport Limited have a dedicated phone line and email address for property enquiries:
Phone: 01293 504083
Email: engagement.charter@gatwickairport.com

9. What will happen and what support is available if my business premises is affected?

Gatwick Airport Limited have published an engagement charter which explains the process for engagement and compensation throughout the process, from the initial announcement that Gatwick has been selected, through to final arrangements for compensation or relocation. Full details can be found here

Business opportunities

10. What are the benefits of a bigger Gatwick?

Local businesses already benefit through direct and indirect business opportunities and through access to national and global markets. With a second runway, this will increase further, particularly as the sphere of influence of Gatwick for international business investment will spread from London to the south coast.
There are also transport benefits Gatwick contributes to road and rail improvement projects related to the airport and if Gatwick expands this funding will increase. Gatwick is investing now with Government and Network Rail in improvements to the rail station. The Gatwick Gateway concept will take this further, creating an integrated transport interchange which is fully accessible for local users. Gatwick will also fund local road improvements directly related to the two runway airport. They have stated that this investment will benefit all road users with improvements designed to reduce delay on local roads and ensure airport traffic does not affect local traffic. Gatwick is also already working with bus and coach operators to deliver new early morning services to improve coverage and ensure staff working shifts can access the airport using sustainable transport modes.

11. Will there be new opportunities for local businesses?

Local businesses already benefit through direct and indirect business opportunities and through access to national and global markets. With a second runway, this will increase further, particularly as the sphere of influence of Gatwick for international business investment will spread from London to the south coast.
Gatwick Airport Limited reports that in 2013/14 - 43% (£64m of annual spend) went directly to local suppliers. In addition, a local subcontractor survey estimated that a further £24m is returned to the local economy through Gatwick's key suppliers engaging and using local second and third tier contractors. For the second runway development they have committed to a target of 40% procurement from local businesses.

12. How can I find out about and do business with Gatwick now?

Gatwick Airport Limited have a procurement page on their website, click here to read it

My opinion

13. What is MRBD's position?
http://www.manorroyal.org/pages/newsManager.cfm?page_id=3&news_id=197

14. How can I have my say?
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/increasing-the-uks-long-term-aviation-capacity

15. How can I show my support if I want to?
http://www.gatwickobviously.com/mailing-list-sign-up/standard

Sources of further information:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commissionhttp://www.gatwickairport.com/

 

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