Heathrow has announced that its statutory 12.5-week consultation on its expansion plans will launch on 18 June 2019.
This step is the latest delivery milestone for the infrastructure project, and the responses received will feed into a final planning application. To mark the news, the airport has released a series of new images showing an illustrative example of a new terminal infrastructure, as well as a panoramic shot of a future Heathrow.
The airport’s June consultation will be its largest and most innovative engagement exercise yet. Heathrow has invested in new technology to show the public its current proposals, including a model of the future airport which uses augmented reality, and a sound booth to be used at certain locations which features virtual reality to demonstrate the effect of noise insulation on properties overflown by aircraft.
Having listened to feedback from previous consultations, Heathrow will hold events in more locations than previously and, in addition to an extensive national publicity campaign across newspapers, radio, billboards, digital and – for the first time – Spotify, will be contacting 2.6 million households directly in the vicinity of the airport with a leaflet encouraging participation.