The latest Heathrow proposals will cause major disturbance to all Chiswick residents even if the Third Runway does not go ahead.
Under new “Design Envelopes” there are details of two options that would result in 29 flights directly over Bedford Park between 6.00 and 7.00am – one plane every 2.4 minutes – at very high decibel levels, likely to wake people up. In addition, up to 40 overhead flights per day are proposed before implementation of the new runway.
If the Third Runway is built, we would be even more significantly affected by incoming low-flying aircraft (at 2,000 – 3,000ft), 29 flights per hour (one every 2 minutes) and with 86% of the flights above the key 65-decibel level. There will be 17 departing flights per hour (one every 3.5 minutes) with 65% above 65 decibels.
The High Court judgement in February 2020 ruling the government’s plans for Heathrow expansion as unlawful has resulted in delays to the planned next stage of consultation and to the submission by Heathrow of their application for planning permission due this autumn.
The main focus of our work in 2019 was the continuing legal challenge to the building of the Third Runway and Heathrow’s application for planning permission (the Development Consent Order, or DCO). Heathrow conducted two consultations in relation essentially to the physical construction of the runway, layout, operational and infrastructure issues. We continued to work closely with CHATR, who co-ordinate the objections to the Third Runway throughout Chiswick, and the No Third Runway Coalition — a consortium of councils and civic associations opposed to Heathrow expansion.
- We provided regular updates on progress and developing suggested responses for submissions to both of the extremely complex Heathrow public consultations in during the year, designed to make the process much quicker and easier for members and any other residents
- We helped publicise the consultations locally, encouraging residents to attend the public meeting and join the rallies outside the Royal Courts of Justice when the initial challenge against the Government’s decision to proceed with the Third Runway was considered and subsequently dismissed in April.
Most recent consultation
In June 2019, Heathrow launched another consultation covering:
- Proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other infrastructure, such as terminals and road access
- Operating the airport, including night flights
- A preliminary assessment of the likely impacts of expansion on the environment and local communities
- Plans for managing the environmental impacts of expansion, such as compensation and noise insulation.
The consultation did not cover changes to airspace use that will follow from the Third Runway construction so flight paths are not included. This stage was part of the planning process before final plans are submitted to a planning enquiry next year.
Once again, the proposals were extremely detailed but the guidance we produced to help in responding reflected some of the very thorough work undertaken by the No 3rd Runway Coalition — the organisation co-ordinating the efforts of the councils, MPs and campaign groups opposed to the expansion. Everyone was encouraged to respond to ensure that the views of local residents are heard.
The link to the suggested responses is on a specially created page on this website in a Word Document that will immediately download onto your computer when you click on the link from the website via a computer. This means that you can easily access the text but it will need to be opened from your “Downloads” file. Do contact us if you have any problems and we will send you a copy of the document.
You can see the full consultation information on Heathrow’s website.
Details of the full proposals are available online.
More detailed facts and figures are also available on the Airport Watch website.
The Society submitted a formal response and encouraged everyone to submit an individual objection to the last two consulations, as the volume of objections lodged is critical.
The Society continues to monitor developments and to support CHATR who have made an impact in raising awareness about the negative impact on our area.