This approach is one of broad continuity. It would see the current layout evolve gradually over time, through phased development and land acquisition.
The inclusion of additional land to the north-west would provide for new aviation capacity – new aircraft piers, parking aprons and taxiways – whilst retaining the present terminal, and allowing for its gradual expansion to meet demand. As envisaged in the existing planning permission, multi-storey car parking, a ‘drop-off zone’, and a public transport interchange (possibly incorporating a rail or other mass transit station) would be directly opposite the terminal, with the sloping topography used to good effect; mitigating the visual impact and allowing convenient pedestrian access between buildings.
Additional surface car parking would be provided to the west, but in the longer term the area could form an extension to the employment land, once mass transit is delivered and/or there is the predicted long-term shift in car ownership and use (with shared and automated vehicles).
The scale and topography of an enlarged site would allow the western aircraft apron extension to sit above a large under-croft substructure, with ancillary uses such as baggage handling, service roads, and passenger tunnels screened from view. South of the runway, the current Silver Zone surface car parking areas would be extended, partly within the current site boundary, wrapping around an expanded aviation park for additional aircraft maintenance hangars and engineering facilities.
This north side area would be accessed from an improved A38 junction and an internal loop road; this would allow for an improved ‘campus’ style layout, possibly with additional hotels and the potential for around 15 hectares of related development and employment land. The realignment of the airport’s A38 and Downside Road frontages would be subject to additional land acquisition, but would provide an improved environment, with an opportunity for both substantial screening and high quality architecture to mark the airport entrance.