London City to extend consultation period

30th August 2019

In a sign of the pressure it has been under, London City has extended the current consultation into the expansion proposals in its draft Master Plan by a month to 18th October. And, in an not-too-subtle response to the Mayor of Newham who had said the consultation was ‘flawed’ & lacked detail, City has put more detailed papers on its website. It has been under pressure that the consultation lacked detail – in particular detail at how they arrived at some of their facts and figures. It has now put a number of extra documents on its website covering key areas such as noise, climate, air pollution, forecast demand, jobs and the economy and surface access.

Here is the HACAN East summary to the key ones:

And a slightly longer assessment of the documents on noise and climate change

London City expects to publish its final Master Plan, together with the responses to this consultation, towards the end of the year. If it decides to take any of its expansion proposals forward, it will need to submit a detailed planning application to Newham Council, the planning authority.

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:

Video: Crowded Skies

28th August 2019

Here is a great video HACAN East has produced and released today showing not only what it is like to live with London City – and Heathrow – planes flying overhead but also what possible solutions might look like:

Most of the stories about London City are found on our sister site, , 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

London City’s new planes much less quiet than claimed

26th August 2019

Evidence has emerged that the new quieter planes which London City is relying on to manage future noise levels if its controversial expansion plans go through are much less quiet in reality than it has forecast.

The evidence is in a study which London City commissioned but which it has not yet published:

Here is the link to the press release our sister organisation HACAN East has released:

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:

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:

Heathrow launches its 3rd runway consultation

5th September 2019

HACAN ‘crib-sheet’ to help you with your response: crib-sheet 

HACAN  has also published this briefing which may help you with your response  briefing

HACAN’s own submitted reponse:  response

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:

For details:

HACAN has called it ‘A mega project with a mega impact on local communities’

More details in our press release: 

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

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

HACAN East has also produced FREEPOST postcards which you can download and send to the airport if you object to the expansion proposals: postcard  or this one: postcard two 

Black and white versions black and white postcard or this one black and white postcard two

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

Read draft Master Plan Summary: 

Read London City Press Release

For full details of the consultation:

 The full consultation document:

Is London City softening us up for expansion:  Read the HACAN East blog: click here

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 

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:,-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:

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:

Not just a West London problem – people relate their experiences on video of living with aircraft noise

Click here to look at the videos:

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:

See reports section for third runway related reports and briefings:

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