MAKING BEST USE OF OUR RUNWAY
“We have a unique opportunity as the owner of London Luton Airport to support sustainable growth of the local, sub-regional and national economies, and help meet the significant projected shortfall in aviation capacity in London and the South-East to 2050.”
— Cllr Andy Malcolm, Chair of LLAL
Following our initial consultation on proposed long-term sustainable growth of London Luton Airport in summer 2018, we have now confirmed our preferred option for development.
Using the existing single runway, we are targeting expansion of the airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) from its current cap of 18 mppa.
Over the coming months we will work up the preferred option to develop proposals that will form the basis of a Development Consent Order application to the government.
We will then hold a statutory consultation on the proposals, which will include key strategies to minimise and mitigate impacts on the environment. This consultation is currently planned to take place in autumn 2019.
We have also published two additional technical reports:
Non-Statutory Consultation Report, which outlines the feedback received during the first period of consultation last summer
Sift 3 Report, which outlines how our expert advisors have continued to assess the options for development in the light of comments made.
We would like to thank everyone who attended one of our community consultation events and provided their feedback in 2018. Every response has been carefully considered for the future of our airport.
It is expected that the DCO application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in mid-2020. The final decision will rest with the Secretary of State of Transport.
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London Luton Airport Ltd (LLAL) is Luton Council’s airport company which owns London Luton Airport (LTN).
In December 2017, we announced our Vision for Sustainable Growth for the airport from 2020-2050.
About our project
LTN is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and is now the fifth busiest airport in the UK. At its current rate of growth, LTN is forecast to reach its existing permitted capacity of 18 million passengers per annum (mppa) in 2020.
It is our responsibility to plan for LTN’s long-term future, and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of this growth.
In our Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-50, published in December 2017, we outlined that the maximum capacity of the runway could be up to 36-38 mppa. How this might be best achieved was the focus of the consultation we carried out during 2018.
It remains our assessment and aspiration that the airport can deliver these volumes in the longer term.
In our judgment however at this time our preferred option for growth to 32 mppa best reflects our determination to get the balance absolutely right between the economic benefits and environment impacts associated with airport expansion. It is also consistent with feedback people have provided about impacts, such as on road use and green belt land.
This website sets out our continued thinking as to how this growth can be achieved, and details how and when we will again ask for your views.
Our preferred option
We are proposing a new second terminal to the north of the runway. To compensate for the partial use of Wigmore Valley Park, new parkland and open space would be provided over a larger area to the east of the existing park. This area is 10 per cent bigger than the existing park, and is positioned further away from the runway than at present.
The preferred option safeguards as much land as possible within the existing Wigmore Valley Park, where we propose to deliver significant improvements to facilities in the retained part of the park. It also constrains the extent of development in the green belt to the east of the airport.
This is our preferred option that will now form the basis for our ongoing design work.
To the left or above is the Draft layout of the preferred option for proposed development: subject to change, ongoing design and consultation. Click here to view the full document.
How to find out more
Click the links to read the following documents:
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What is the DCO process?
Our project is of a size and scale that it meets the thresholds to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. That means we must apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO). The application will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and decided by the Secretary of State for Transport (not Luton Council).
Why expand the UK’s fifth busiest airport?
Through LLAL, the airport is an important source of revenue for Luton Council, supporting local services and infrastructure investment. In 2017/18 this amounted to £28m.
Since 2004 we have used our Community Funding Programme to provide more than £120m to local charities and voluntary organisations in Luton and beyond for the benefit of communities impacted by airport operations.
At the same time that we present more detailed proposals in the autumn, we will also outline how we propose to develop further the support we provide for our neighbours in communities impacted by airport operations.
Our key considerations
We appreciate that airport operations can have an impact on people and the environment, and acknowledge that communities close to the airport will be affected.
As we develop our scheme, we are looking at the potential impacts that expansion may bring and ways to manage them, as we believe our plans must happen in the right way.
We will look to minimise and, where necessary, mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts.
In summer 2018 we conducted an initial non-statutory consultation on the strategic options to expand LTN by making best use of our runway.
Our plan is to progressively expand LTN to achieve the growth, which would require new terminal capacity and other landside and airside infrastructure.
We are intending to carry out a second period of consultation in autumn 2019. This statutory consultation will include further details on our preferred option and also the key strategies to minimise and mitigate impacts on the environment.
How we will use your feedback?
We will collate and consider all the feedback and comments received.
They will be analysed to help the project team as they examine the proposals further following the ten-week consultation period.
We will have regard to all the responses we receive and report back on how we have done so.