Flight paths to and from Heathrow Airport could loom over Pinner and Stanmore as the airport consult with the public about their Airspace and Future Operations Consultation Document.
The most concerning aspect of the document for residents is about how Heathrow’s airspace could affect the community if a third runway is built. Planes could be flying between 2,000 and 3,000 feet on their descent.
Under the new plan, the airport will decide where flight paths are situated across South West Herts, Middlesex and London.
The document says: “The design envelopes show the areas in which routes could be positioned. There will be at least one flight path through each design envelope. In some envelopes, there will need to be a minimum of two or three flight paths to provide enough capacity for aircraft.”
“In addition, we could put more flight paths through each design envelope. This could allow us to vary the use of flight paths at different times, giving people greater respite from aircraft noise. Flights would not be spread across these areas, instead they would follow specific flight paths through the areas. This means some areas within the envelopes will be overflown but others will not.”
HACAN is a campaign group created to voice concerns about Heathrow flightpaths. John Stewart, chair of the group, said the airport needs to consider all angles before deciding on flight paths.
He said: “The clear message to Heathrow is that it needs to look after its distant neighbours as well as its near neighbours when planning it new flight paths. The most effective way to do that is to ensure that residents living 20 miles and more from the airport are guaranteed predicable breaks from the noise each day.”
“The findings confirm everything residents have been telling us over many years. Noise from Heathrow is not just a problem local to the airport.”
The deadline for responding to the consultation is 11.55pm on March 4, 2019.
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