Minister visits Glasgow Airport to discuss future plans
12 June 2013
Scotland’s Planning Minister Derek Mackay MSP visited Glasgow Airport to discuss plans for future development under Scotland’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3).
The purpose of the visit was to support the Scottish Government’s public consultation on NPF3 and a revised Scottish Planning Policy. The NPF3 and draft SPP will influence development plans in Scotland and guide future planning decisions on a range of sectors including transport, energy and infrastructure.
During his visit to the airport, which is proposed in NPF3 as a large-scale national development, Mr Mackay discussed expansion plans including the refurbishment and extension of terminal buildings, additional aircraft stands and taxiways, and surface access improvements.
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, said: “Not only is Glasgow Airport one of the largest employers in Renfrewshire supporting in excess of 4,500 jobs, it is the West of Scotland’s primary link to economic markets and is therefore pivotal to its future success.
“The airport is also rightly recognised as an asset of strategic national importance and I welcome our inclusion in Scotland’s third National Planning Framework (NPF3).”
Earlier this year, Glasgow Airport announced details of £17 million investment programme which will see key parts of the main terminal building undergo a major makeover. This includes international arrivals which for many will be the gateway to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mr Mackay said: “Planning has a key role in supporting the Government’s purpose of sustainable economic growth. The consultation on the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy will influence development plans across the country for the next thirty years affecting every part of Scotland.
“By providing a clear vision, the proposals will be used to guide future development that will help Scotland achieve its ambitious climate change targets, ensure we have resilient national infrastructure and also increase protection for our country’s most environmentally important areas.
“I launched the consultation on the NPF3 and draft SPP on April 30 and I would encourage the people to have their say before the closing date of July 23.”