Heathrow third runway

Plane takes off from Heathrow over local rooftops. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Hammersmith & Fulham Council continues to oppose plans for a third runway at Heathrow.

In 2014, the council 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.

The commission’s final report was sent to the Government’s Airports Commission at the end of January 2015. Its conclusion was that the harm would outweigh any benefits to borough residents.

Commission Chair, Christina Smyth, spoke in June 2018 on how despite the Government’s backing, the fight was not yet over and said the new runway was ‘undeliverable’ and that the fight would go on.

View the HFCAE report online

H&F Council's own consultation response

The council 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. Click below to read the document.

Long-term impact

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 flightpaths.

Population currently impacted by noise, over 750,000, with a third runway over 950,000. Current passenger numbers 76 million a year, with a third runway around 140 million. Current aircraft movements 475,000 a year, with a third runway at least 740,000
Noise impacts Heathrow third runway infographic

“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 authorities neighbouring the airport: Richmond, Wandsworth, Hillingdon and Windsor and Maidenhead.

Details of the legal challenge will be discussed between the five authorities over the summer.

Here are the latest updates in the ongoing debate: