Heathrow To Consult Households On Third Runway Plan

Which third runway would you prefer?

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The results of the consultation will help Heathrow understand what is most important to local residents and will be used to refine the runway proposal before it is resubmitted to the Airports Commission in May.

The consultation will begin on 3rd February. During the consultation process, a direct postal mail out will be sent to 120,000 households and businesses likely to be most impacted by the proposed plans. Those outside this area will have the opportunity to share their views online.

Drop-in events taking place in nine local areas will also give people the chance to ask questions and influence the plans.

These public exhibitions are:






Thistle Hotel

10 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00


St Mary’s Church Hall

12 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Colnbrook Village Hall

13 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00

Stanwell Moor

Stanwell Moor Village Hall

25 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Harlington Baptist Church Hall

26 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00

Richings Park

Richings Park Sports Club

27 February 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Macdonald Windsor Hotel

1 March 2014

09:30 – 16:30


The Putney Pantry

3 March 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Duke Street Church

5 March 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Holiday Inn Hotel

6 March 2014

12:00 – 20:00


Civic Centre

8 March 2014

09:30 – 16:30

The consultation website with the consultation documents and further information is at heathrow.com/localcommunity

Chief Executive Colin Matthews said: “We believe our proposal to expand Heathrow is the right way to deliver the capacity Britain needs to connect to fast growing economies around the world. This consultation is to make sure we correctly understand what local people value and that we can take their views into account as we refine our proposal. The more people that tell us their views, the more successful the process will be. We know that opinion is divided locally about whether a third runway should go ahead or not, but everyone has an interest in making sure that if a third runway does happen it is developed in the best way possible.”

Heathrow Airport’s decision to embark on a six week consultation on its proposal for a third runway has been branded ‘nothing more than a PR exercise’ by local campaigners. But John Stewart, chair of HACAN, the campaign group which opposes a third runway, said, “The big issue is whether on not a third runway should be built.  This is nothing more than a PR exercise.  It’s a meaningless.”

The proposed new runway would destroy hundreds of homes in the village of Harmondsworth.  The new flight path would be over Sipson, Harlington, Heston, Southall, Norwood Green, Bedford Park and Shepherds Bush.

What if residents say they don’t want a third runway at Heathrow at all?
A spokesperson for Heathrow said:" This is not a consultation about whether there should be a third runway at Heathrow or not. That is a decision for the Government and the Airports Commission, not for us as the operators of Heathrow. Our responsibility is to work out the best way of delivering a new runway if the Government decides that the project should go ahead".

The results will be shared with the Airports Commission for review.

February 4, 2014