Welcome to the website of the Heathrow Strategic Planning Group.
Role of the Group
Heathrow Strategic Planning Group (HSPG) is a joint partnership of many of the local authoritiesand Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) responsible for planning the land use, transport, environment, economic development and sustainable development of the sub-region surrounding Heathrow Airport.
HSPG was formed in 2015 to jointly shape the proposed expansion of Heathrow airport, regardless of individual members' support or opposition to it. Our current focus is recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic and downturn, to ensure local communities and businesses reliant on the airport can quickly get back on their feet, whilst ensuring a better environment is also created.
The Group works constructively with but is independent of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) or any other promoters, and of Government.
HSPG is an informal joint working (unincorporated) partnership and Slough Borough Council is the accountable body for the small Core Team of technical and administrative staff who service the Group. See About Us for details of membership organisations and further information.
Given the subsequent pause in Heathrow Airport expansion scheme proposals, and the current Covid 19 crisis, HSPG has refocused its objectives and priorities. Our new workplan is now available, covering the 2022/23 financial year.
Various parts of the website are in the process of being changed, and further publications and resources will be added in due course. Many of the resources and publications on this website are still available and relevant.
Key areas of focus for 21/22
In Feb 2020 HSPG, supported by Arup, produced an Economic Development Vision and Action Plan (EDVAP) - an action-focused Plan to maximise the economic productivity, skills, jobs and business development in the HSPG area. Given the impacts of the last year, a major programme to refresh this document is currently underway. Our new position statement - Heathrow 360: Gateway to the UK is available here: Heathrow 360 - Gateway to UK.
Investment in improved infrastructure is considered to be a key way of delivering economic renewal and supporting a green recovery. Alongside ongoing support for the paused Western Rail Access to Heathrow scheme, the group have also been developing a shared position statement on Southern Access to Heathrow (SATH). Latest document will be available in the Autumn '21.
HSPG has produced an Joint Spatial Planning Framework (JSPF) – a sub-regional scale strategic vision and action plan for the sustainable development of the sub-region that responds to the opportunities and challenges presented by Heathrow Airport Ltd’s expansion proposals, although has relevance to the airport as existing. The JSPF, supporting documents and an important Position Statement can be read here.
For further information and publications
Access to the site is available to anyone.