The UK government has set out the next steps for the expansion of Heathrow Airport in a formally designated policy.
A statement on the government’s website reads: “in the House of Commons last night, MPs voted in favour of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) by 415 votes to 119.
Construction on a third runway at Heathrow could start within 3 years following the historic vote in Parliament yesterday.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (26 June 2018) formally designated the Airports NPS, paving the way for Heathrow to now submit a formal planning application.
It triggers the next step in a process that could see building work start in 2021 and the runway operational by 2026.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:
This marks a critical step towards ensuring future generations have the international connections we need, as well as strengthening the links between all parts of the UK and our global hub.
I have always been clear that this issue goes beyond party politics, and this result demonstrates the clear desire to get on with delivering this vital scheme.
There is still much to be done, including defending this decision against the potential legal challenges, but we are absolutely committed to working closely with local communities and ensuring Heathrow stick to their promises on addressing the local and environmental impacts of expansion”.