Gatwick expansion would deliver around 120,000 jobs and a £90bn boost to the UK. In addition to these UK-wide benefits, a series of new pledges have been created to help minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for local communities. The local pledges follow Gatwick’s public consultation and have been designed to address the areas that matter most to the local community, including jobs, housing, noise and transport. Full details of the local community pledges are available here and the pledges include:
- £46.5m to help local authorities deliver essential community infrastructure
- A £3.75m fund to help create 2,500 new apprenticeships for local people
- A series of noise initiatives including £45m for Gatwick’s unique council tax initiative and £5m for noise insulation measures
- Improvements to local transport links and a commitment to ensure local roads are no busier than they are today, with a £10m local highway development fund in place to meet any additional works
- For the small number of homes that would need to be compulsorily purchased, a £131m Property Support Bond will offer homeowners 25% above market value, significantly above statutory requirements. In addition, a £14m Home Owners Support Scheme to buy any homes that would be subject to high levels of aircraft noise - above a set noise level - under the new plans
- A new Business Engagement Charter to help local landowners & businesses affected by Gatwick expansion
At Gatwick, we never take our neighbours and the local community for granted. We work hard to build relations, support our local neighbours, and live side by side with them successfully.
Unlike Heathrow, which has struggled to win support for expansion among its local communities, our positive and collaborative approach means that we actually have local support, and have built a network of consensus and political backing.
Caroline Ansell, Eastbourne Borough Council:
"Gatwick delivers our most pressing need which is connectivity and tourism...Government investment has always followed decisions around airport capacity and a second runway at Gatwick could create a cascade of road infrastructure improvements."
Wendy Bell, General Manager, Sussex Enterprise:
"A second runway at Gatwick is not just economically vital for the area in terms of employment and supply; it will ensure that the region has a Gateway to the World. For Sussex Enterprises' Member there is only one choice and that is increasing the capacity at Gatwick."
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council:
“The county council has voted to support expansion of Gatwick, in principle, because of the huge potential economic benefits for West Sussex. However, we want to work with Gatwick, residents and partners to ensure that any development will take into account the environmental concerns that people rightly have, and include all of the essential infrastructure that a development of this scale would require. We are pleased that Gatwick has agreed to work with us on these issues."