The thesis uses a comprehensive case study of the UK airport
planning process to generate hypotheses to be tested. The
hypotheses are that the use of more formal planning
disciplines to the expansion of the London area airports
would have allowed a more appropriate solution than those
apparently preferred by the government; further, that this
change in the planning process would only be beneficial if
accompanied by changes in the framework for airport planning.
It is seen to be necessary that the ground rules are known
and that the interactions between all affected groups and the
decision processes are transparent if the final result is to
bear a strong resemblance to the project as planned. A
possible solution is developed in the case study by using
elements of this alternative methodology, resulting in a
proposal for an extra short runway at Heathrow. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.