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.
In June, 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 does not cover changes to airspace use that will follow from the Third Runway construction so flight paths are not included. This stage is part of the planning process before final plans are submitted to a planning enquiry next year.
Once again, the proposals are extremely detailed and complex and it is taking us a few weeks to absorb the information and prepare guide notes to help you respond to the consultation. The deadline for submitting responses is 13 September and we will provide guidance allowing you plenty of time to participate. Everyone is encouraged to respond to ensure that the views of local residents are heard.
In the meantime, you should be receiving a leaflet from Heathrow outlining the objectives of the consultation and also details of upcoming consultation events, which this time include Chiswick:
Chiswick 23 August 2pm-8pm: Chiswick Town Hall, Turnham Green, London W4 4JN.
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.