Gatwick signs legal agreement

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Gatwick Airport has recently signed a new legal agreement with West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council that outlines how the airport's operation, growth and environmental impacts will be responsibly managed.

The new agreement contains wide-ranging objectives and obligations, each decided after a consultation process with stakeholders, and supersedes the Gatwick Airport Sustainable Development Strategy.

Andy Flower, managing director of London Gatwick Airport, said: "The signing of this agreement between the airport and our two local authorities is of great importance to all of us and builds on the original ground-breaking agreement. It will bring significant benefits to the airport and the community it serves and affects.

"It demonstrates a desire for all those involved to see the airport grow to 40 million passengers per year and to delivering new capacity for the south east, whilst balancing our environmental impacts. We are entering a new chapter in Gatwick's history with the sale of this national asset and this legal agreement continues to define Gatwick's future and the role it will play in the local, regional and national economy."

Key issues featured in the agreement include climate change; air quality; noise; surface access; land use, development and bio-diversity; community and the economy; action planning and monitoring and reporting.

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