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1. Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is located directly to the south of the borough. As such, activity at and around the airport affects the borough. 

We are therefore represented on the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM), which is the statutory advisory body for the airport. Further information on the role of GATCOM and previous minutes please visit GATCOM's website

Flight Paths

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) is currently undertaking two airspace change proposals in accordance with the guidance detailed in the Civil Aviation Authority's CAP 1616 Guidance:

Given that several borough residents are affected by overflight from Gatwick Airport, we are actively involved in these airspace change proposals. 

Historically we have also made a number of representations to consultations on Gatwick flight paths. These are available to download here. 


Information on aircraft noise is available on the Council's Environmental Health webpages.  

Future Developments at Gatwick Airport

Airports are required to produce masterplans every five years. The latest masterplan was produced in July 2019 following public consultation between October 2018 and January 2019.

The masterplan outlines three scenarios for future growth:

  • Scenario 1: Where Gatwick remains a single runway operation using the existing main runway
  • Scenario 2: Where the existing standby runway is used routinely together with the main runway
  • Scenario 3: Where land is continued to be safeguarded for an additional runway to the south of the airport

In July 2019, GAL announced their intention to actively pursue Scenario 2, bringing the existing standby runway into routine use alongside the main runway. They also recommended that national and local planning policy should continue to safeguard land for an additional runway to the south, should this be required in the longer term. 

Work is currently ongoing to prepare a Development Consent Order application to bring the standby runway into routine use. This is a rigorous statutory planning process which is overseen by the Planning Inspectorate. The Council is currently involved in works to inform the Development Consent Order application and public consultation will follow.

More information on the Development Consent Order Application process is available on the Planning Inspectorate's website