The promoter of Horley Business Park has responded to the Government’s decision on 25 October 2016 to accept the recommendation of the Airports Commission and choose a north-west runway scheme at Heathrow Airport as its preferred option for expanding airport capacity in the South East.
Commenting on behalf of Horley Business Park Development LLP, Howard Redhouse said, “The development of Horley Business Park has never been reliant on Gatwick’s expansion. There is already sufficient demand from businesses looking to expand or relocate to the area, even without the expansion of the airport.”
“We believe Gatwick made a strong case for the economic benefits of a second runway and would not be surprised to see its proposals revisited in future years. Our business park proposals would not affect the airport’s ability to expand and could be accommodated alongside a second runway.”
In announcing the Government’s decision to the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, noted the “well-developed and compelling cases” put forward by both airports and added, “I would like to place on record that Gatwick, despite not being selected today, remains a key part of our national transport picture and will continue to do so in future.”