On Tuesday 8 February, Luton Rising, the owners of London Luton Airport, will open a new statutory consultation on its long-term proposals to expand the airport, running until 4 April.
The proposal is to increase the capacity of the airport to 32 million passengers per year, by building a new terminal and making the best use of the existing runway.
Councillor Javeria Hussain, Chair of Luton Rising, said: “Our proposals will reflect the sustainability values, both of Luton Rising, and our sole shareholder, Luton Council. We want to maximise the social and economic benefits of growth and we firmly believe there is a way to grow an airport in a sustainably responsible way. We set out details on how we propose to achieve that in our consultation. Sustainability is about more than environmental issues – it’s social and economic impacts too. Our airport is a vital part of the economic ecosystem of the region and beyond, directly and indirectly supporting tens of thousands of jobs. The proposed expansion will generate thousands more jobs and more than a £1 billion increase in economic activity in Luton and the neighbouring counties. We want more local people to be able to access these jobs, so our proposals also include an extensive Draft Employment and Training Strategy to make that possible.
“Our airport is the most socially impactful in the UK. Since 1998, we have contributed £257 million to support frontline services, and since 2002, we have contributed £155 million to support local community organisations and charities – 20x per passenger more than any other UK airport. These organisations help make life-transforming changes for people, and our proposals include the new Community First fund, which will allow for much greater support for community projects in Luton and the neighbouring counties impacted by airport operations.”
Graham Olver, Chief Executive of Luton Rising, said: “These proposals will differ in significant ways from those presented at the previous statutory consultation in 2019. For example, our new Green Controlled Growth framework is at the heart of our sustainability measures, which we believe are some of the most far-reaching ever put forward by a UK airport. It places robust limits on key environmental impacts and will not rely on our good faith to keep to them. They will be legally binding and independently monitored.
“The views expressed at the 2019 consultation were an important influence on these changes. This is the chance to have your say on our new plans, and help us to improve them further.”
Members of the public will be able to see the proposals and ask questions at 13 in-person consultations. There is also a key enhancement to engaging with this statutory consultation: a virtual room, re-creating the in-person experience online, available 24/7 throughout the period.
The detailed proposals, consultation materials and the virtual consultation room will go live on the website www.lutonrising.org early on the morning of Tuesday 8 February.
Below is a list of the in-person events.
Tuesday 15 February 15:00-20:00
St Margaret of Scotland Church Hall
22a Bolingbroke Road, Luton LU1 5JD
Wednesday 16 February 15:00-20:00
Markyate Village Hall
Cavendish Road, Markyate AL3 8PS
Friday 18 February 15:00-20:00
Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ
Monday 21 February 15:00-20:00
Breachwood Green Village Hall
Chapel Road, Breachwood Green SG4 8NX
Wednesday 23 February 15:00-20:00
Leighton Town Football Club
Bell Close, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX
Friday 25 February 15:00-20:00
Pitstone Memorial Hall
Vicarage Road, Pitstone LU7 9EY
Friday 4 March 15:00-20:00
The Eric Morecambe Centre
Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2FR
Saturday 5 March 10:30-15:00
Slip End Village Hall
Markyate Road, Slip End LU1 4JW
Thursday 10 March 15:30-20:30
Hitchin Town Hall
Brand Street, Hitchin SG5 1HX
Wednesday 16 March 14:00-19:00
Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AA
Saturday 19 March 10:30-15:00
Whitwell New Fellowship Hall
Bendish Lane, Whitwell SG4 8HT
Monday 21 March 15:00-20:00
Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU
Saturday 26 March 10:30-15:00
Wigmore Church and Community Centre
Crawley Green Road, Luton LU2 9TE