Reminder:  25th May deadline for consultations responses

25th May is the deadline for responses to be in to the consultations on the National Policy Statement (the 3rd runway) and on Airspace Policy.  Scroll down for more information.

Third Runway timetable

Autumn: The new Government will consider the responses to the consultation and the views of the Transport Select Committee which will hold a hearing in to it in the Autumn.

Early Next Year: Expect a vote on the 3rd runway in Parliament.  If Parliament approves it, it becomes Government policy.

2018:  Heathrow will consult on its detailed plans for a 3rd runway, including flight paths

2019:  Heathrow puts its plans to a Planning Inquiry

2020/21:  Earliest Heathrow could get planning permission for a 3rd runway

2024/5:  3rd runway would open

Of course, all this might not happen!  Local authorities are expected to mount a legal challenge next year.  There are big problems around air pollution and the cost of the road and rail infrastructure to be ironed out.  And the opposition to it remains considerable.

General Election

Here is a list of key candidates standing the constituencies where most HACAN members live.  The Election gives you the opportunity to email candidates to tell them what it is like to live under the flight path and to seek their views on a third runway:

And here is a list of election ‘hustings’ meetings – which will be updated regularly:

For those of you in East or South East London affected by aircraft from London City and/or Heathrow planes, here is a list of key candidates you might want to email.  Maybe particularly useful to get their support to get City Airport to look again at its decision to concentrate its flight paths:

Mayor of London Backing No Third Runway

On 13th May London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined the local Hammersmith & Fulham No Third Runway Group to emphasise his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow.

Big concerns about flight paths, noise and new runway in Teddington

A packed public meeting in Teddington on Friday 28th April, organised by Teddington Action Group (TAG) and chaired by the local MP Tania Mathias, heard repeated calls for the planes over the area to fly higher and be less concentrated.  There were also real fears about the impact of a third runway.  TAG provided people with very practical steps they could take to make their views known about the third runway.

Overwhelming call for respite at Stockwell Meeting

A Public Meeting held in Stockwell on 25th April heard repeated calls for some respite from the noise.  Stockwell, 18 miles from Heathrow, gets overflown by Heathrow  and London City aircraft.   It is under the concentrated City flight paths when an east wind is blowing and gets Heathrow planes throughout the day, sometimes between 30 and 40 an hour, when there is a west wind.  The unanimous call of the meeting was for predicable periods of relief from the noise.

No 3rd Runway Coalition Launched

On March 21st a new coalition was launched to oppose a third runway at Heathrow.  The No 3rd Runway Coalition consists of 18 organisations and is backed by MPs, peers and local authorities:

For details of the key groups, including local groups you may want to join:

Latest 3rd Runway News

New Brentford/Hounslow Group Launched

Bash Runway 3, a new Brentford/Hounslow group opposing a 3rd runway, was launched at a packed Public Meeting in March.  Details of the group can be found at

Our Flickr page has great photos of pictures of recent campaigning  events – check it out to see the range of protests that have been taking place 

Third Runway Related Reports and Briefings

On 23rd February the influential Environmental Audit Committee released a report saying the Government has failed to convince it that it can deliver it promises on noise, air pollution and climate change re: a 3rd runway. Read more: 

HACAN has produced  a dramatic new briefing which shows the Government has significantly downgraded the economic benefits of a 3rd runway.  Read the impact that will have on the regions: (pdf)

HACAN has published three more new briefings:

What a 3rd runway will cost the taxpayer: (pdf)

Just how many new destinations will a 3rd runway serve? (pdf)

Will a 3rd runway ever be built or will we just waste another 10 years? (pdf)

Scroll to the foot of the page to find more arguments against a 3rd runway at Heathrow

To read the latest newsletter from our sister organisation HACAN East:

Two Key Consultations Launched

The Department of Transport has launched two important consultations:

  • on the 3rd runway
  • on airspace policy and other key noise issues

The deadline for both is 25th May.

Consultation on 3rd Runway

Today (2nd February 2017) the Department launched its consultation on a third runway at Heathrow.  It comes in the form of a National Policy Statement.  It will be a 16 week consultation.  In the paper the Government stresses its belief that a third runway is required to improve connectivity to countries across the world but it has outlined a series of challenging measures that Heathrow will need to take if it is to get the go-ahead.

At the end of the year or early next year Parliament will vote on the National Policy Statement.  Only if Parliament approves it will a 3rd runway officially become Government policy.

After that Heathrow will need to submit detailed plans to a Planning Inquiry.  It does not expect to get approval until at least 2020.

To read the DfT’s media briefing outlining the key features of the consultation paper:

To read HACAN’s press release:

To read the HACAN Briefing to assist you respond the the consultation:

To read the HACAN Briefing if you want to just do a quick response:

Consultation on Airspace Policy

This is a hugely important national document which was launched on the same day as the National Policy Statement.  The two consultations run in parallel.  It covers key topics like airspace changes; respite; new metrics for measuring noise annoyance; and the setting up of an Independent Noise Authority.

In HACAN’s view this document contains a lot of positive proposals. Read our briefing:

To read the HACAN Briefing if you want to just do a quick response:

Note: The Department staged around 20 public exhibitions covering the 3rd runway and airspace consultations.

There was some criticism of these exhibitions in that they emphasise the benefits of a third runway and don’t spell out all its impacts.  

Two issues in particular emerged:

  • There was no detail on flight paths.  Read this HACAN blog to find out why:
  • It didn’t explain that people under the existing flight paths in West London who enjoy a half day’s break from the noise might find that reduced to a third

Read this one-pager on other things the consultation didn’t tell you: (pdf)

If you have concerns about the consultation process, email Sir Jeremy Sullivan at He is the retired judge whom the Government has appointed to ensure the consultation process is fair.

Scroll down more news and briefings on a 3rd runway

Noise and Flight Paths News

Noise remains a huge problem for a lot of residents under the Heathrow flight paths. This short paper provides a brief overview of some of the key pieces of work which Heathrow Airport has done, often in conjunction with community and campaign groups, over the last few years to assess, manage and reduce the noise. It also looks forward to what is in the pipeline.  A big opportunity to tackle noise will come when future airspace changes are introduced. These will take place whether of not a third runway is built. But since these new flight paths are unlikely to be in place much before 2014, it is essential that Heathrow does as much as it can to cut noise over the next few years.  Read the paper:

Heathrow’s latest Blueprint for Noise Reduction contains welcome measures in the battle to cut noise:

Where to find flight paths

You can find maps of flight paths on Heathrow’s website:,-stats-and-reports/operational-data/annual-flight-maps

You can also track flights as they land and take-off:

And you can see what the flight pattern was like over your house during the past six years:

The importance of respite

Many people are in despair about the constant noise over their heads.  95% of the emails HACAN gets that contain a complaint are from areas which get no respite from the noise.  Read more here:

Heathrow has commissioned a major study, expected to be published in Spring 2017, looking at the most effective way to introduce meaningful respite for more communities.  In July 2016 it published a preliminary study it carried out on respite: 2694_FinalReport_2-0_June 2016

Respite could bring real relief to many communities. 

Read why HACAN backs respite:

And why ‘respite plus’ may be needed for people living in ‘hotspots:

Joint call for Independent Noise Authority

HACAN has joined with Heathrow Airport to call for an Independent Noise Authority to be set up.  The unkilely allies have produced a joint report with suggestions of how an Authority could work in advance of a Department of Transport consultation on the subject, expected in January.  The two groups have also sent a joint letter to the Transport Secretary.

Read the report: file:///C:/Users/user/Downloads/IANA-Joint-Paper-HACAN-and-Heathrow-Airport1.pdf 

Read the press release:

Check out our flight paths button for up-to-date developments:

Aircraft Noise and Mental Health

HACAN, in conjunction with the Aviation Environment Federation, staged a successful seminar on aircraft noise and mental health on 4th July in Parliament.  It was chaired by Tanya Mathis MP.  The speakers included Dirk Schreckenberg, one of the authors of the ground-breaking NORAH Study, and Matt Gorman, Director of Sustainability at Heathrow Airport.

 Summary of presentations of seminar on aircraft noise and mental health (pdf)

Read latest blog on what could be done to ease the situation for people with mental issues living under the flight paths:

Here is the link to a powerful blog I put on the impact of concentrated flight paths on one man’s mental health .

More on the 3rd Runway

The Government gave the green light to a third runway on 25th October.

Here is the official statement:


The fact  Government gave the green light to a 3rd runway doesn’t mean it will ever be built. The opposition is huge: residents, activists, local authorities, politicians from all parties. The earliest it will get final planning permission is 2020. There will be a lot of turbulence before it takes off, if it ever does.

In the short term we can expect a legal challenge from key local authorities, plus Greenpeace.  Teddington Action Group has said it will mount a challenge in the courts.

In an unprecedented step, cabinet ministers who have been long-standing opponents of it – people like Justine Greening or Boris Johnson – can opt out of the decision.

What happens next:

In late January 2017 the Government will consult on

  • Its wider National Policy Statement on Airports.  In essence this is a consultation on its proposal for a 3rd runway.  It will ask for views on the need for a third runway as well as on its local impacts.  The consultation is expected to last 3/4 months.  During that time the Department for Transport will hold consultation events in a fair number of boroughs.
  • Its draft Airspace Strategy (but not individual flight paths).  This will be wider that airspace and will, in effect, be a consultation on aviation noise policy.

In late spring/early summer the National Policy Statement (NPS) will be examined by Parliament’s Transport Select Committee

This will lead to a vote in Parliament to approve the NPS during winter 2017/18.  Even that is not the end of the process.  Heathrow will then need to consult on and lay its detailed plans before a planning inquiry.  It does not expect final planning permission before 2020/1 and aims to built the runway by 204/5.

Theresa May has fiercely opposed Heathrow expansion in the past.  For details see:
Short video on why a 3rd runway could curtail growth a airports outside London and the South East. 

Why a 3rd runway is undeliverable 

7 easy-to-read briefing sheets spelling out the 7 reasons why a 3rd runway cannot be delivered

7 pages Briefing sheets

READ: 20 Things To Know About A 3rd Runway

Download our Briefings in PDF format: Third Runway timelineThird Runway at Heathrow FAQ

Help us by joining our cause and helping the campaign here.


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