Heathrow third runway
We continue to strongly oppose plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
The government has failed to address our concerns over air quality, pollution and traffic congestion that would blight our residents’ lives, causing a significant harm to health.
On 17 October 2019 we began our appeal against the High Court decision to throw out our initial legal challenge against expansion plans from May this year. Proceedings have now concluded.
We were joined in the action by the Mayor of London, Greenpeace and four other affected local authorities.
Speaking at the High Court, Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, said: “The government has chosen to deliberately ignore the huge environmental damage Heathrow’s proposed third runway will cause.
“Meanwhile, its own figures demonstrate Britain will gain a negligible return on the £18billion of taxpayers’ money the government is proposing to throw at this scheme.
“There’s plenty of greener, better initiatives that such huge sums could be spent on which would produce the economic growth our country needs.”
- Video clip of Cllr Stephen Cowan speaking outside the High Court on 17 October
- Video clip of protest group outside the High Court on 17 October
Here’s how we’ve been fighting
October 2019 - High Court appeal proceedings.
July 2019 - We win permission to launch a legal appeal to challenge plans to expand Heathrow airport.
May 2019 - The High Court throws out our joint legal challenge, but we will continue to fight the expansion plans.
March 2019 - We joined the Mayor of London, Greenpeace and neighbouring boroughs to launch a legal challenge into the government’s decision to back a third runway in the High Court.
June 2018 - Commission Chair Christina Smyth spoke on how despite the government’s backing, the fight was not yet over, the new runway was ‘undeliverable’ and that the fight would go on.
January 2015 - The commission’s final report was sent to the government’s Airports Commission. Its conclusion was that the harm would outweigh any benefits to borough residents.
2014 - We supported an independent resident-led commission - called the H&F Commission on Airport Expansion (HFCAE) - which was tasked with investigating the potential effects of an extra runway.
View the HFCAE report online
- Open the H&F Commission on Airport Expansion report online
- Or download a PDF version: HFCAE report (pdf 875KB)
Our consultation response
We also responded to the government’s consultation, raising concerns over the fear of further blight on residents’ lives.
The consultation was submitted to the Airports Commission in February 2015.
- Open the H&F Council Airports Commission consultation report online
- Or download a PDF version: H&F Council Airports Commission consultation report (pdf 74KB)
Health, noise and environmental campaigners warn the impact on the surrounding area could pose long-term risks for residents living near the airport and under the flight paths.
“We’ve made our stance very clear; a third runway at Heathrow would mean more noise for residents already suffering noise disturbance, more pressure on our roads and an unacceptable increase in air pollution,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council.
H&F has bolstered its campaign against a third runway by joining a legal challenge with four other councils neighbouring the airport:
- Windsor and Maidenhead.
Details of the legal challenge will be discussed between the five councils over the summer.