In 2015, the Airports Commission made recommendations to Government about how it believed aviation capacity in the South East should be addressed. Government is expected to make a decision later in 2016 about whether Gatwick or Heathrow Airport should have an additional runway to support the growing demand for airport capacity.
In September 2014, a report was commissioned by the CWS Partnership which considered the Economic and Employment Impact of having or not having a 2nd Runway at London Gatwick Airport
Following the findings of the report plus a robust discussion, the CWS Partnership Board agreed the following statement:
Second Runway at Gatwick Airport
Coastal West Sussex Partnership Board
18 September 2014
Statement of Support
“The Coastal West Sussex Partnership Board supports Gatwick Airport Ltd’s proposals to develop a second runway at Gatwick Airport because of the economic and employment benefits that this will bring to the area.
We look forward to working closely with Gatwick Airport Ltd to ensure the detailed proposals achieve the best outcomes for Coastal West Sussex’s businesses and residents whilst minimizing the impact on the environment”
It should be noted that this is the view of the CWS Partnership and not an endorsement by each partner authority as each authority will need to decide its position in due course.