Gatwick Airport told it must not scope out nitrogen impacts on protected sites

The developer of Gatwick Airport’s northern runway expansion must prove in its environmental impact assessment (EIA) that the impacts from nitrogen deposition will not negatively impact nearby European designated sites, the Planning Inspectorate has said.

The proposed Gatwick Airport Northern Runway project involves alterations to the existing northern runway, along with lifting flight restrictions and the development of a new hotel and office spaces.

If given the go-ahead, this would increase passenger flight numbers by 13 million a year by 2038, according to the project’s details, included in the scoping opinion which was adopted earlier this month by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the secretary of state.

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