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Concerns have been submitted by 10 councils across the South East of England over Gatwick Airport's plans to bring its emergency runway into regular use.

Crawley Borough Council has been joined by nine other South East local authorities in submitting concerns to a government appointed panel about Gatwick Airport's plans to bring its emergency runway into regular use.

Under the airport's Northern Runway plans, the emergency runway would be used only for departing flights.

The group of councils raised concerns about "the ability of the airport to operate within acceptable and enforceable limits without causing health and environmental harm."

If approved, construction could start in 2025 and be completed and ready for operational use by the end of the decade.

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