On 25 October 2016, the Government confirmed that Heathrow is its preferred option for expansion of airport capacity in the South East. This means there is now a clear direction from Government that allows Heathrow to further develop its plans for a new runway.
We are committed to work with local people throughout this process. Please visit our dedicated expansion website for more information on local community aspects of our plans: www.heathrowexpansion.com/local-community.
Once the Airports Commission shortlisted our proposal in December for a third runway we held a major public consultation with local residents, businesses and stakeholders on our proposal.
Over 13,000 people took the chance to have their say on our plans, with over a thousand local residents attending 13 public exhibitions across the local area.
The feedback from the consultation was crucial in helping us gain a better understanding of the issues which are most important to residents. We have listened carefully and used this feedback to shape the updated and detailed plan which we submitted in May to the Airports Commission.
The most significant update to our proposal was the decision to locate the proposed new north-west runway further to the south. As a result of this, the number of people affected by significant noise would fall by at least 12,000 compared to our initial outline submission; some 200 fewer homes will be subject to compulsory purchase and two important heritage sites - Harmondsworth Great Barn and St Mary's church - are able to be better protected.
Moving the proposed runway in this way also avoids the need to redevelop the M4/M25 junction to the north of the new runway. This was an issue which many local residents raised with us during the public consultation.
If you would like more information about what Heathrow's plans mean for you or your area, please get in touch with our Community Relations team using the contact details (right).
While we already have a number of programs in place to reduce the impact on our local community, as part of our submission to the Airports Commission we have committed to working harder for the community across 10 areas. While all 10 provide benefits that will reach across the UK, it is the following five commitments that relate directly to our local community– they are:
On 11 May 2016, we responded to the 11 Airports Commission environmental and community conditions for our expansion. Find out more.
Every year Heathrow spends around £2 million supporting our closest communities. Through the Heathrow Community Fund we provide support to local people via grants on education and skills, helping to protect and improve the local environment whilst bringing communities together.
Heathrow is also at the forefront of efforts to tackle aircraft noise as we acknowledge it is a significant issue for local communities. Despite double the number of aircraft since 1974, the number of residents affected by noise has decreased tenfold.
We know that noise remains an issue and we are committed to addressing it, balanced alongside the need to also safeguard the connectivity Heathrow provides. To mitigate the impacts of noise we provide a range of noise mitigation schemes including:
Find out more at Heathrow Noise.
We are working closely with all our partners on sustainability measures with a focus on being a world class leader in managing and reducing environmental impacts. As part of our commitment, we have a rolling target of decreasing CO2 emissions by 34%, from buildings and infrastructure, by 2020 (based on 1990 levels).
Heathrow has recently won its sixth Biodiversity Benchmark award in a row, as well as a Sustainability Leaders Award for the new Terminal 2. Heathrow was also named ‘Champion of Champions’, winning four International Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice and Sustainable Development late last year.
These awards reflect Heathrow’s continued commitment to enhancing the local, regional and national economic and social benefits of the airport.
Find out more about Heathrow’s sustainability work at Heathrow Sustainability.
If you would like to know more about Heathrow’s new runway proposals, or would like to speak with a member of our Community Relations team, please call us on 0800 307 7996 or email email@example.com.
You can also contact us by post:
Heathrow Community Relations
The Compass Centre