Heathrow third runway

H&F Council's Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan (far left), joins other council leaders at the High Court for the launch of our judicial review of Heathrow expansion
H&F Council's Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan (far left), joins other council leaders at the High Court for the launch of our judicial review of Heathrow expansion

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.

Here’s how we’ve been fighting:

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

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.

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 flight paths.

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 councils neighbouring the airport:

  • Richmond
  • Wandsworth
  • Hillingdon
  • Windsor and Maidenhead.

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

Here are the latest updates in the ongoing debate:

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