Current Government Consultations

The Government is carrying out consultations on:

  • Heathrow Northwest Runway - closes 25 May 2017
  • Night Flights - closed 28 February 2017

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Consultation on Heathrow Northwest Runway

On 25 October 2016 the Government announced its support for a new runway at Heathrow. The scheme is now being taken forward in a draft ‘National Policy Statement’ – which is out for public consultation for 16 weeks (deadline 25 May 2017).

Richmond Council, along with Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Windsor and Maidenhead Councils are concerned that the Government’s consultation on expanding Heathrow Airport is misleading and does not provide a balanced view of the scheme’s costs and benefits.

Read the Council's statement on the consultation.

The Government sent a consultation leaflet to around 1.5 million homes around the airport. It lists a series of economic benefits and mitigation measures, but does not include information on increasing aircraft noise levels, pollution impacts, health impacts, taxpayer costs, traffic increases or the loss of noise respite periods.

Therefore, to help residents understand the impact that Heathrow will really have on their local community, Richmond Council, along with the partner councils, have created our own flyer – that is being sent to households across Richmond upon Thames.

The flyer focuses on:

  • Increase in noise: 50% increase in flights and new flight paths over quiet parts of the South East
  • Noise respite will be halved: Most communities under flight paths will be overflown for 75% of the day, compared to 50% today
  • Only five long haul routes: There will be 260,000 more flights a year, but only 5 additional long haul routes
  • Disrupting the M25: Rerouting of the A4 and local road network, M25 in a tunnel and increased rail, at an estimated cost of up to £15 billion to the taxpayer
  • Increased levels of pollution: Heathrow already contributes to illegal pollution levels which would increase with expansion
  • More night flights: Night flights would continue, and the Government's proposed 6.5 hour ban doesn't cover the whole night
  • Increased detrimental health impacts: Expanding Heathrow would damage thousands of people’s health - particularly children and those with existing conditions
  • Increased traffic levels: Expansion would generate 25 million extra road passenger journeys a year and double the airport’s existing freight operation
  • Increased noise impacts on schools: An extra 108 schools would be overflown for 75% of the day. Hundreds more schools would see aircraft noise increase from 50% of the day to 75%
  • Homes destroyed: Around 1,000 homes will be destroyed as Heathrow expands. There is also no planned infrastructure e.g. community facilities to support an expanded airport

For further information, view the Heathrow Expansion flyer(pdf, 1770KB)

Make sure you have your say on the proposals and attend a drop in session over the next few weeks. Use our helpful ‘prompt card(pdf, 511KB)’ to understand what questions to ask.

Alternatively, you can register your thoughts by using the freepost card that has come with your Council flyer, or pick one up from your local library or Civic Centre. These cards should be returned to the Department for Transport (DfT).

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Consultation events (these were hosted by the Department of Transport)
Date Time Location Description Address
Wednesday 15 February 11am to 8pm Kingston Kingston University Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE
Friday 17 February 11am to 8pm Wimbledon Everyday Church 30 Queen's Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 8LR
Saturday 18 February 10am to 5pm Ealing Ealing Town Hall New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2BY
Thursday 23 February 11am to 8pm Twickenham York House Richmond Road Twickenham TW1 3AA
Friday 24 February 11am to 8pm Putney Putney Leisure Centre Dryburgh Road, London SW15 1BL
Monday 27 February 11am to 8pm Feltham & Heston Hounslow Civic Centre Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN
Monday 6 March 11am to 8pm Hammersmith Assembly Hall King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU
Friday 10 March 11am to 8pm Richmond Richmond Adult and Community Centre Parkshot, London TW9 2RE
Wednesday 15 March 11am to 8pm Isleworth Isleworth Public Hall South St, Isleworth TW7 7BG

Consultation on Night Flights

Residents were encouraged to have their say in a Government consultation on night flights from Heathrow Airport before the deadline on 28 February.

The current regime for night flight restrictions is due to expire in October 2017. Therefore, earlier this year the Government launched the consultation on proposals that they claim will ‘help encourage the use of quieter aircraft’ at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. However, plans did not propose any changes that actually will result in a change to the number of flights allowed between 11.30pm and 6am from the West London airport.

It was proposed that the new regime would be in place for five years and linked any future reduction in night flights to the delivery of a third runway at Heathrow.

Measures out for consultation included:

  • No overall change in the number of flights allowed between 11.30pm and 6am at Heathrow
  • Changes to the “noise quota” regime which the Government said would encourage the use of new quieter aircraft

View the Council's statement on the consultation.

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Updated: 20 March 2017