The East of the borough including Haslemere, Chiddingfold, Cranleigh, Ewhurst and the villages in between are all affected by Gatwick air traffic. Some more than others.
The decision by Gatwick Airport to issue a Masterplan, which includes proposals to convert the Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway has prompted an outcry.
The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign Chairman, Peter Barclay says – “We strongly oppose any second runway at Gatwick and we will fight this proposal tooth and nail.” He said the proposal could bring in an extra 80,000 additional flights a year.
Cranleigh has already been described by airport officials as The Gateway To Gatwick, but other villages including Rudgwick are affected by the increasing number of flights.
The Emergency runway is located parallel to, and approximately 190m north of the main runway. Planning permission was granted 40 years ago on the basis that it could only be used for emergencies. However, that legal agreement expires in August 2019. So Gatwick’s second runway could arrive through the back door. However, it will need approval from the CAA and other safety bodies, as well as requiring planning permission for a change of use.
Objectors argue should this go ahead, it will substantially increase the noise and disturbance to residents living to the north of the airport, particularly on those living and working beneath the now concentrated departure and arrivals flightpaths to both the east and west of the airport.
There will be a 12-week consultation on the Master Plan once published.