Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, and Cllr Karen Vincent District and County Councillor for Old Catton, are encouraging residents of Old Catton to have their say on proposed plans for expansion at Norwich International Airport.
Both Chloe and Karen will be attending an Open Day on Saturday 2nd September to meet with local residents and encourage them to have their say on the Norwich Airport Masterplan. The Open Day event is running from 10.00-15.00.
Norwich Airport has published a draft masterplan setting out a vision for the airport’s continued growth over the next 30 years.
It explains how the airport can increase its significant contribution to the local economy while improving the experience of passengers and boosting East Anglia’s connectivity for business and leisure at home and abroad.
Passenger numbers exceeded 500,000 for the first-time last year since 2008, and could rise to 1.4 million by 2045. Norwich Airport is worth some £70 million to the local economy and this could increase to £170 million in the same period.
The draft masterplan outlines options for how the airport could grow (extended runway, larger cargo and commercial aircrafts and extended flight times to 1.30am) in a sustainable way in the coming decades, and is now available for comment at local council offices and via the link below.
The draft masterplan is currently open to consultation until 15th September 2017.
Please refer to Norwich Airport’s website http://www.norwichairport.co.uk/masterplan to view the plan and for details on how to respond.
A copy of Old Catton Parish Council’s draft response to the Masterplan can be found here:http://www.oldcattonparishcouncil.co.uk/images/News-pdfs/Norwich_Airport_Draft_Masterplan.pdf
Hellesdon Parish Council, covering the airport's other most populous neighbouring area, has also run a consultation process for Hellesdon residents.
Chloe comments: “I believe the airport's plan for the coming years could bring many benefits to the area, including more jobs and new opportunities. However, I want nearby residents' views to be taken into account so I would strongly urge people to read the details of the plan and to take part in the consultation. Hellesdon Parish Council has helped residents there be involved, and I welcome Old Catton Parish Council’s decision to hold an Open Day for residents. Come along, have a look at the plans, and make sure your voice is heard."
Cllr Karen Vincent comments: ““ I welcome benefits to the local economy but do think more work is needed to appreciate the impact on local residents in terms of noise etc. and what can be done to help them. I am concerned to hear residents say they are not aware of the airport’s plans and that’s why I am working closely with Old Catton Parish Council to get the message out.
"I am pleased to be supporting their Open Day and delighted Chloe Smith is able to join us. I want to help encourage local residents to come along, take a look at the plans and have their say!"