A new consultation on increasing capacity at London Luton Airport is due to launch on February 8.
Luton Rising, the owners of the airport, want to increase capacity to 32 million passengers a year, by building a new terminal and making the best use of the existing runway.
Councilor Javeria Hussain, Chair of Luton Rising, said: “Our proposals will reflect the values of sustainability, both of Luton Rising and of our sole shareholder, Luton Council. We want to maximize the social and economic benefits of growth and we firmly believe that there is a way to develop an airport in a responsible and sustainable way.
“We have detailed how we propose to achieve this in our consultation. Sustainability is not just about environmental issues – it is also about social and economic impacts. Our airport is an essential part of the economic ecosystem region and beyond, directly and indirectly.Supporting tens of thousands of jobs.The proposed expansion will generate thousands more jobs and an increase of over £1billion in economic activity to Luton and surrounding counties.We want more local people to be able to access these jobs, so our proposals include a comprehensive employment and training strategy project to make this 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 organizations and charities – 20 times more per passenger than any other UK airport . These organizations help bring life-changing change to people, and our proposals include the new Community First fund, which will enable much greater support for community projects in Luton and neighboring counties affected by airport operations.
Graham Olver, Managing Director of Luton Rising, said: “These proposals will differ significantly from those presented during the previous statutory consultation in 2019. For example, our new controlled green growth framework is at the heart of our sustainability measures, that we I think are among the most ambitious ever offered by a UK airport. It imposes strong limits on major environmental impacts and will not rely on our good faith to meet them. They will be legally binding and independently monitored.
“The opinions expressed during the 2019 consultation had an important influence on these changes. This is your chance to have your say on our new projects and help us make them even better.
Members of the public will be able to view the proposals and ask questions during 13 in-person consultations. There is also a key enhancement to engaging in this statutory consultation: a virtual room, recreating the in-person experience online, available 24/7 throughout the period.
Full proposals, consultation documents and virtual consultation room will be posted on the website www.lutonrising.org early in the morning of Tuesday, February 8.
A list of consultation events was posted on the website prior to the start of the consultation to give people more time to plan their participation, and these are as follows:
In-person events include:
Tuesday 15 February, 1.30-9.00pm, St Margaret of Scotland Church, 22a Bolingbroke Road, Luton, LU1 5JD
Wednesday February 16, 1:30-9:00 p.m., Markyate Village Hall, Cavendish Road, Markyate AL3 8PS
Friday 18 February, 1pm-9pm, Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ
Monday, February 21, 1:30-9:00 p.m., Breachwood Green Village Hall, Chapel Road, Breachwood Green SG4 8NX
Wednesday February 23, 1:30 – 9:00 p.m., Leighton Football Club, Bell Close, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX
Friday February 25, 1:30-9:00 p.m., Pitstone Memorial Hall, Vicarage Road, Pitstone LU7 9EY
Friday 4 March, 1.30pm – 9.00pm, Eric Morecambe Centre, Harpenden, Rothamsted Park, Harpenden AL5 2FR
Saturday 5 March, 9:00-16:00, Slip End Village Hall, Markyate Road, Slip End LU1 4JW
Thursday, March 10, 2-9:30 p.m., Hitchin Town Hall, Brand Street, Hitchin SG5 1HX
Wednesday 16 March, 12:30-8:00 p.m., Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AA
Saturday March 19, 9am-4pm, Whitwell New Fellowship Hall, Bendish Lane, Whitwell SG4 8HT
Monday 21 March, 1.30-9.00pm, Jubilee Centre, Catherine Street, St Albans AL3 5BU
Saturday 26 March, 9am-4pm, Wigmore Church & Community Centre, Crawley Green Road, Luton LU2 9TE