Survey confirms Waltham Forest the 3rd most overflown borough in London

Research carried out by the campaign group HACAN has confirmed that Waltham Forest is the third most overflown borough in London (1).  Although Hounslow and Richmond occupy first and second place, the survey revealed that only three of the top 12 most overflown boroughs are in West London.

HACAN calculated the combined impact of Heathrow and London City aircraft on each borough.  It didn’t factor in the heights of the planes; only the number flying over each borough.  It follows up a similar study carried out in 2009.  It also put Hounslow, Richmond and Waltham Forest in the top three positions.

HACAN chair John Stewart said, “Our survey once again shows that aircraft noise is not just confined to West London.  It has become a London-wide problem.  Somewhere like Waltham Forest is bombarded by planes from both Heathrow and London City airports.”

HACAN found that the most significant change from the 2009 survey was the reduction in the number of flights over some of the inner London boroughs such as Camden and Islington.  This was matched by an increase in flights over the South East London boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth.  It put it down to the introduction of concentrated London City flight paths over these boroughs plus the fact that aircraft coming into land at Heathrow appear to be crossing the Thames further east than was previously the case.

The study comes out at the start of an important year for aviation.  In a few weeks the Government is expected to release its consultation document on a Heathrow third runway as well as a consultation on future airspace strategy.

http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Most-overflown-boroughs-in-London-2016.pdf

 

CAMPAIGN GROUP TO TAKE ON AIRPORT AT PUBLIC INQUIRY

 

Local campaign group Hacan East has been granted Rule 6 Status at a planning inquiry assessing whether or not City Airport should be granted permission to expand.

‘Rule 6 Status’ means the group will be recognised as a formally involved party at the Inquiry, due to begin in March.

The other Rule 6 parties are the Mayor of London, Newham Council and London City Airport.  Their statements of case are below.  The Public Inquiry will be held in March next year.  It follows the Mayor of London’s refusal to approve City Airport’s expansion proposals on noise grounds (1).

The Airports wants a bigger terminal and new taxiways to allow bigger planes to use the airport which would enable it to serve destinations further way  – places like Moscow and Istanbul – in addition to the short-haul destinations it mostly serves today.

On receiving the news that the Planning Inspectorate had granted the group Rule 6 Status, HACAN East Chair John Stewart said: “This will be the chance for a residents-led group to go face-to-face with City Airport bosses to question them on their expansion proposals, which would inflict unacceptable noise and air pollution on east Londoners.”

Newham Council granted planning permission in February but Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London directed the council to refuse such permission.(1)

(1) http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/boris-johnson-ditches-200m-london-city-airport-expansion-plans-10137328.html

Statements of Case (the arguments the different bodies will be putting forward at the Public Inquiry).  HACAN East’s will be available at the end of September.

London City’s: FULL STATEMENT OF CASE – STATEMENT OF CASE 15 5 15 FINAL

Mayor of London Statement of Case – 19 August 2015 APPG5750W153035673

Newham’s: Statement of Case on Behalf of the Local Planning Authority (Final) 19.8…

LONDON CITY AIRPORT UP FOR SALE

 

Press Release

 6/8/15 for immediate use

 London City Airport up for sale

London City Airport is to be put up for sale at the end of the year, its owners, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), announced yesterday.  GIP is looking to get £2 billion but airport’s value could be limited by its recent failure to get planning permission for a £200m development that could increase the number of passengers it handles to 6m by 2023.

London City won planning permission for expansion from Newham Council in February, but this was then overturned by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, the following month over noise concerns. London City is appealing against the mayor’s decision. A Public Inquiry will take place in March next year but the outcome is not likely to be known until summer next year by which time GIP hopes to have completed the sale.

GIP has always argued that expansion was essential to the future of the airport because the extra terminal and taxiway capacity would allow bigger planes needed to open up the airport to more distant destinations, such as the Gulf, the Middle East, Russia and North Africa.

Local campaign HACAN East published a report last year which argued that there would be more economic benefits to the area if the airport closed.  The report by the New Economics Foundation found that the economic and employment benefits the airport brought to East London were small in comparison to other new developments in the area.

John Stewart, the chair of HACAN East, said, “When Crossrail opens Docklands and the City of London, the key business markets London City serves, will be within half an hour of Heathrow.  We will be pressing developers to seize this chance to buy the airport and use the valuable land it occupies to build developments which would enhance the local economy without all the downsides of noise and pollution that the airport has brought.”

ENDS

 For more information:

John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957385650