Petition against expansion of London City Airport
Our sister organisation HACAN East has organised a petition against the significant expansion plans being proposed in London City Airport’s draft Master Plan, currently out for consultation: http://chng.it/YQJsJymZTC
Scroll down for full details of the expansion plans
Heathrow 3rd runway update
18th August 2019
Legal Challenge appeal to be heard in October
The local authorities and campaign groups whose legal challenge to the third runway failed in the courts in March have been given leave to appeal against that judgement. The appeal will be heard on 17th October and could last for up to 6 days.
Prime Minister keeps his options open on 3rd runway
Boris Johnson is still keeping his options open about a third runway. The new Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps (whose own record is one of support for a third runway) was very careful not to endorse it in this recent interview: https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/transport/air-transport/news/105918/transport-secretary-grant-shapps-suggests-boris-johnson
London Assembly reaffirms opposition to 3rd runway
The London Assembly has once again come out strongly against a third runway. Here it outlines 5 reasons why it believes expanding Heathrow is wrong: https://medium.com/@thelondonassembly/five-reasons-why-the-expansion-of-heathrow-doesnt-work-for-london-a1f7eda15942
Heathrow launches its 3rd runway consultation
28th July 2019
New: HACAN has just published this briefing which may help you with your response to the consultation: briefing
18th June 2019
Heathrow today launched its statutory consultation on its expansion plans. It will run from will 18th of June and end on the 13th of September.
Although Heathrow hopes to open the new runway by 2016, the full plans for expansion will be phased in over a 30 year period. Heathrow is consulting on a huge variety of issues including the re-routing of roads (including the M25) and rivers; night flights, runway alternation, westerly preference, a Low Emissions Zone, a road pricing scheme, compensation for those whose homes will go and mitigation for those under flights paths and replacement car-parking facilities:
HACAN has called it ‘A mega project with a mega impact on local communities’
More details in our press release: https://hacan.org.uk/?p=5669
Read HACAN’s Briefing to help you navigate and respond to the consultation: Briefing
- See the foot of this page for more information on the impact of a Third Runway
Timetable of Key Events
Mid-December 2018: Department for Transport launched consultation on its Aviation Green Paper. Closed 20th June.
8th January 2019: Heathrow consulted on stage 2 of its proposed new flight paths. Consultation closed 4th March
Mid-March 2019: Legal challenges against third runway heard in the High Court.
April 2019: Court rules against objectors but they have indicated they will seek leave to appeal.
June 2019: Heathrow launched its main consultation on its 3rd runway proposals, including its framework for managing noise.
Late 2019: Government expects to publish White Paper
2020: Heathrow to present its 3rd runway proposals to a Planning Inquiry. Recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport expected 2021.
2021: Final consultation on new detailed flight paths expected
2025/6: If all the hurdles are overcome, Heathrow expects to open new runway
We have had a lot of questions about a Land Referencing letter some of you will have received from Heathrow. More details on what it is: click here
Residents dismayed by London City plans to double flights
Most of the stories about London City are found on our sister site, www.hacaneast.org.uk , but if City expands it will have a big impact on our members in SE, NE and East London, many of whom are also affected by Heathrow planes
28th June 2019
Date for your diaries:
Waltham Forest Council will be holding a public meeting in Leytonstone Library on Tues 10th September 7.30- 9.30pm to discuss the London City proposals.
Breaking News: 16/08/19: Campaigners have welcomed today’s call by Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz for London City to halt its consultation on expanding the airport until it provides more detail on how it plans to tackle noise and climate emissions.In a letter to City Airport chief executive Robert Sinclair the mayor called the consultation “fundmentally flawed.”
“The significance of this move by the mayor cannot be overstated. Newham is the planning authority for the airport. This letter throws down the gauntlet to the airport to come up with a Master Plan that works for residents and for the climate.”
Read the HACAN East press release: press release
Residents are dismayed by the London City expansion revealed in its Master Plan published today. The airport wants to lift the current cap of 111,000 flights allowed each year to 137,000 by 2030 and to 151,000 by 2035. Last year there were just over 75,000 flights.
The airport also wants to get rid of the ban on flights between 12.30pm Saturday and 12,30pm on Sunday. Additionally it is proposing that more flights are allowed to operate in the early morning and late evening.
John Stewart, chair of HACAN East, which gives a voice to residents under the airport’s flight paths, said, “For all its green talk, this plan would be disastrous for residents. Flight numbers could double from today’s levels. And, to rub in the pain, the airport is looking to ease the restrictions at weekends and in the early morning and late evening.”
The consultation ruins from 28th June to 20th September.
London City would need to go to a Planning Inquiry to get permission for any proposals it intends to take forward.
Summary in HACAN East Newsletter
Our sister organisation HACAN East has produced a 3 page briefing to help people who want to respond to the consultation: briefing
And here are posters to download and display: poster
And black and white version: poster black and white
Read our look at why London City is going for this expansion, plus an assessment of its strategy and whether it will succeed: article
For full details of the consultation: https://www.londoncityairport.com/corporate/consultation
A Flight Path Revolution
18 June 2019
We get more enquiries about flight paths than anything else. Heathrow is planning the biggest change to its flights paths since it opened in 1946. It will have a fundamental impact on residents.
Below is the latest information on flight paths:
We will not know the proposed new flight paths until 2021
Heathrow’s major consultation on its flight path options closed on 4th March.
For more details on the proposals: Heathrow Flight Path Consultation: January to March 2019: Details on consultation and responses
The current consultation on the wider consultation on its 3rd runway proposals includes further proposals on night flights, runway alternation and westerly preference as well as Heathrow’s proposed noise envelope.
For details read the noise section of the HACAN Briefing
More flight path information:
You can find maps of flight paths on Heathrow’s website: http://www.heathrow.com/noise/facts,-stats-and-reports/operational-data/annual-flight-maps
You can also track flights as they land and take-off: http://webtrak5.bksv.com/lhr4
And you can see what the flight pattern was like over your house during the past six years: http://xplane.bksv.com/xplane/
Check out our flight paths button for info about current flight paths and up-to-date developments, including some Heathrow initiatives to reduce the noise from planes in flight: https://hacan.org.uk/?page_id=3311
Not just a West London problem – people relate their experiences on video of living with aircraft noise
Click here to look at the videos: http://map.hacan.org.uk/
Noise Relief: major new report from HACAN
30th April 2019
HACAN released a report challenging the aviation industry to take action to improve the noise climate for local communities. Noise Relief outlines practical measures which could be taken to achieve this.
Read the full Noise Relief report.
Heathrow still in a noisy league of its own
The numbers are taken from the latest noise action plans published by the UK airports in early 2019.
Many people are in despair about the constant noise over their heads. 95% of the emails HACAN gets contain a complaint are from areas which get no respite from the noise. Read more here
Read why HACAN backs respite here
We also get a lot of questions about the metrics used to measure noise annoyance. A short HACAN paper explaining noise metrics.
And why Heathrow is using much better metrics to measure noise annoyance than before: click here
ExPlane is a new app to measure aviation noise which the public can use. See here
Campaigners lose court case
1st May 2019
The High Court today announced that it ruled against the local authorities and campaign groups who had brought Judicial Reviews against the Government’s decision last year to give Heathrow permission to draw up plans for a third runway. The objectors have decided to appeal seek leave to appeal the decision. Read the full judgement.
The impact of a Third Runway
A new runway at Heathrow would mean just over 700 extra flights each day. A total of 760,000 planes would use the airport. Currently there is an annual cap on flight numbers of 480,000. A third runway would mean people in West London under the existing flight paths will lose part of the half day’s break from the noise they currently enjoy. It would of course also mean many people under an arrivals or departure runway for the first time. On March 21st 2017 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.
A third runway is not yet a done deal. The proposals will need to go before a Planning Inquiry and, of course, a new Prime Minister or Government could take a different approach. Theresa May has fiercely opposed Heathrow expansion in the past. For details see: http://wp.me/p5NPQ9-Wg
See reports section for third runway related reports and briefings: https://hacan.org.uk/?p=5024
Our Flickr page has great photos of pictures of campaigning events – check it out to see the range of protests that have been taking place