Respite Report launched
Heathrow published its long-awaited respite report commissioned from Anderson Acoustics on 16th February 2017. It is the first of its kind to be done. HACAN was part of the steering group. Summary video: https://youtu.be/7Z5mt7rKJgA .
Where to find the reports: https://www.heathrow.com/noise/making-heathrow-quieter/respite-research
Most people favour respite
Heathrow’s consultation on the principles it should use in designing its new flight paths showed most people backed respite. 54% wanted the priority to be respite even if that increased the total number overflown; 25% wanted the priority to be to prevent new areas being overflown (that included most respondents not currently overflown); any only 22% backed minimising the total number overflown by concentrating all the flights over certain areas. (Some backed more than one option which is why the don;t add up to 100%).
You can reading about further findings here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/95fcb6e4-d297-4678-9a08-3a819f0529d9