Government policy, set out in the White Paper, 'The Future of Air Transport', published in 2003, endorses the long-term continued growth of Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA), including expansion of its passenger and cargo facilities and the extension of the runway. The Department for Transport (DfT) subsequently asked airports to prepare Master Plans to 2030 detailing how the policy conclusions set out in the White Paper can be achieved.
These are exciting times for JLA and Merseyside as a whole, as the continued renaissance of the region brings inward investment, job creation and other economic benefits to the local economy. It is within this context that the Airport has published its final version of its Master Plan that outlines its plans for growth through to 2030.
The Master Plan shows how the Airport can capture the opportunity to serve new routes, including long haul destinations, and support Merseyside by capitalising on the prospects to create jobs at JLA and in the wider Merseyside economy. The potential of capturing synergies with the Port of Liverpool to create a SuperPort and developing an enhanced world cargo market are identified. It considers the scale of the expected growth at JLA and how much of this can be accommodated within the existing site and where additional land will be required for future expansion. In accordance with the DfT's guidance, the Master Plan considers proposed development to 2015 in detail, and to 2030 in more general land use terms.
The Draft Master Plan and its associated Sustainability Appraisal were launched at a press conference on 12 July 2006 and followed by public consultation exercise that extended over a ten week period.
A number of methods were used to inform and consult with as many organisations and members of the public as possible. Correspondence inviting participation in the consultation was sent to local authorities and other public bodies, local councillors, MP's, community and environmental groups, members of the Airport Consultative Committee and Airport Transport Forum (membership of the latter two bodies including representatives of local and regional government). Over 6,500 Summary Leaflets outlining the Master Plan proposals were distributed to the two communities closest to JLA: Speke and Hale. In addition, 10 public exhibitions were held in those areas most affected by the operation of JLA. These exhibitions took place throughout the day and were attended by Airport staff who could answer specific questions.
A total of almost 1,000 responses using the various methods available were received and the Airport experienced around 150,000 hits on the Master Plan section of its website during the consultation period. An independent researcher was employed to log and analyse all responses and produce the broad findings which were published in an Interim Consultation Results leaflet in December 2006, and later in detail in two separate 'Summary of Consultation Responses' booklets:
• Part I summarises the issues raised by a cross section of organisations, grouped by category, including local authorities and airport related organisations; and
• Part II summarises responses received from members of the public listed by area.
The Airport has responded to every comment received as set out in each booklet and has also indicated the nature of the changes made to the Draft Master Plan in order to prepare the final version of the document. These changes, and the relevant paragraphs in the Master Plan to which they relate, are set out in the 'Schedule of Changes' which can be found at the back of both booklets
In the light of the overall results of the consultation, the Airport did not consider it appropriate or necessary to revise its Aims and Objectives for the Master Plan, or amend its Preferred development Options. Clearly, not everyone supported the growth of JLA. However, the Airport considered the views of those who either objected or were unsupportive of aspects of, or all of the plans, against those who were in favour, and took account of current national, local and regional policy in order to come to a balanced view on how to take the Draft forward.
A significant outcome of the consultation exercise has been the Airport's decision to improve its Sound Insulation Grant Scheme which will benefit more people living in the communities closest to JLA affected by noise.
It is clearly important for the Airport to continue its dialogue with local people and others with an interest in the development of JLA. Indeed, many people want to see further consultation prior to any plans being finalised. A number of suggestions were received to help improve links with local communities ranging from the use of better publicity, including newsletters, the website and attendance at forums and boards run by the local councils and other organisations. The Airport will be pleased to look at all these suggestions and do what it can to keep local people informed of its future plans.
The Airport wishes to thank all those who participated in the consultation which was the largest exercise of its kind ever undertaken by the Airport. It has been very valuable in better understanding the views of our neighbours.
The final published version of the Master Plan; the associated Sustainability Appraisal; and the Part I and II booklets can be downloaded from this page:
These documents have been sent to the Department for Transport, local authorities and regional bodies and agencies for them to take into account in preparing their own plans and strategies.
The Master Plan will be subject to regular monitoring and a formal review every five years, including further public consultation.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Airport using the details shown below:-
Liverpool John Lennon Airport
0151 907 1622