Controversial plans for a second runway at Gatwick have today been formally proposed by the airport sparking anger in villages in the surrounding area. Gatwick says it could be built for around £9bn and open by 2025. Three options have been put forward.
Local people have campaigned for years against further expansion on the grounds of noise. But local business say it would be a massive boost for the local economy and jobs.
It has also emerged many thousands more people would suffer noise. The airport say today around 3,300 suffer and that is set to rise to hit almost 12,000 local people. Passenger numbers could rise from 34 million today to 87 million in the 2040s.
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