Future LuToN – our proposed development and the DCO

Creating thousands of jobs

There is an opportunity for our airport to play an even more substantial role in creating jobs and economic opportunity in the area.

We estimate that a London Luton Airport handling 32 mppa by the mid-2040s could support delivery of more than 12,000 new jobs.

The contribution of an expanded London Luton Airport could provide an additional economic benefit of £1.8 billion every year.

In addition, expansion of our airport will deliver important new connectivity for the local area, helping to attract new businesses and improve productivity as well as allowing local residents more opportunities to visit friends and family and travel globally

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).

See a fly-through of the previous proposals (as at late 2019):

Our proposed development, and what has changed

You last heard from us in late 2019 when we held a statutory consultation on our proposals to increase the capacity of London Luton Airport to 32 million passengers per annum (mppa) by making the best use of our existing runway.

We’ve carefully and seriously considered the wealth of feedback received from the 3,501 people and organisations who took the time to respond to our consultation. This feedback, along with the impact that Covid-19 has had on the aviation industry, led to us undertaking an extensive and in-depth review of our proposals. Following this review, we have made some important changes to our proposals, which we will be sharing with you.

In the new year, we’ll be holding a second statutory consultation on the whole scheme to give you an opportunity to understand our updated plans and share your views before we apply to the government for permission to build the scheme.

We plan to make the most of the social and economic benefits expansion offers, while as far as possible minimising the environmental impacts on nearby communities.

We’ve clearly heard, and have responded to, the concerns expressed about climate change and the impacts of expansion and have also considered the effects of Brexit, Covid-19 and regional transport changes. The revised scheme, which will be published in early 2022, will show a real commitment to addressing environmental impacts and introduce Green Controlled Growth as a unique way to monitor, measure and use environmental factors to manage airport growth rather than passenger numbers alone. These will not be just airy aspirations and warm words about environmental impact. Green Controlled Growth will have stretching, binding and independently measured targets.

Compared to the scheme we previously consulted upon the scale of the reduction in earthworks is equivalent to a typical Egyptian pyramid. This will greatly improve both the visual and environmental impact, as well as help to reduce the construction works on site and the number of construction vehicles on the roads.

We will also introduce a range of sustainability design measures, including enhanced solar energy production and rainwater harvesting, as well as further improvements to Wigmore Valley Park and the area around it, including expanding the public open space and preserving more trees and biodiversity.

Read detailed information about our environmental measures, and about Green Controlled Growth, in the Our Planet section.

Land Referencing

Land Referencing is an ongoing process which plays an important role in the preparation of an application for any major infrastructure project, including applications for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Land Referencing is the process of identifying people and organisations that have a legal interest in:

  • property or land that may be required for a proposed development
  • or property or land which is not required for the development itself, but is in an area which may be affected by the proposed development

With this information we are able to keep people informed about our proposals and ensure they receive statutory notifications about our proposals to ensure their interests are represented in the planning process. This includes sending pre-application consultation letters to people identified through the Land Referencing process.

The guidance sheet provides information about how we are carrying out Land Referencing for the proposed expansion of London Luton Airport, and addresses some commonly asked questions on the Land Referencing process.

Click here for the guidance sheet

Key documents from Statutory Consultation 2019

Click the links to read the following documents:

Information booklet
Guide to Statutory Consultation
Feedback form – consultation now closed
Statement of Community Consultation
View information boards displayed at consultation events

Detailed technical documents supporting Statutory Consultation

PEIR Non-Technical Summary
PEIR Volume 1
PEIR Volume 2, Part A
PEIR Volume 2, Part B
PEIR Volume 3, Contents
PEIR Volume 3, Appendices, Part A
PEIR Volume 3, Appendices, Part B
Outline Need Case
Surface Access Strategy Report
Surface Access Drawing Package
Scheme Development and Construction Report
Scheme Development and Construction Report Appendix C
Explanatory Note on Airspace
Compensation Proposals
Draft Land Assembly Plans
Draft Employment and Training Strategy

Feedback from Non-Statutory Consultation in summer 2018

In February 2019 we published two technical documents which outlined the feedback received during our summer 2018 consultation, and how our expert advisors had continued to assess the options for development in the light of comments made.

Non-Statutory Consultation Report
Sift 3 Report

Older items

You can also read:
Non-Statutory Consultation Document
Non-Statutory Consultation Summary Document
Sift 1 report
Sift 2 report
Vision for Sustainable Growth 2020-2050