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Planning Submission



Added on: 1 June 2017 at 11:40:52

Submission to DfT Runway Consultation

1.  The need for additional runway capacity


The argument for this, and, if necessary, for this to be at Heathrow, has not been made.,


 


This runway review was begun before the decision to leave the European Union and the decision cannot take full account of this, given that the terms of our relationship with the European Union are yet to be determined. 


The consultation is being carried out in advance of the conclusions of the parallel consultation into UK Airspace Policy Consultation. 


We have seen no real willingness to consider regional options or to consider the wider economic benefits to the United Kingdom through expansion away from the South of England, with the benefits this could bring in terms of greater employment in areas where it is needed, and investment in transport links further north. 


Housing availability is nearing crisis point in London and its suburbs.  Where will the proposed additional employees at Heathrow be housed? 


The environmental cost is high.  We are not persuaded of the need for increased domestic flights compared with improved and enhanced train capacity. 


2. Issue of Airport Capacity in the South East 


We consider that the arguments in favour of Heathrow at the expense of Gatwick are flawed.  


To take one example.  The Government’s figures show that expansion at Gatwick is forecast to bring an estimated financial benefit of £54bn.  Given that both this, and the Heathrow figure of £61bn, are forecasts and inherently fallible, it is possible that other economic considerations and revised financial forecasts could narrow this gap further. 


However, see 1 above.  The Government’s arguments ignore other social and economic costs through, for example, the costs of unemployment away from the affluent South East and changes due to the UK’s future status within the European Union.  


The health and other costs of added pollution in the South East are ignored.  The environmental impact of building over green space alongside Heathrow Airport has not been properly assessed. 


3.  Assessment Principles


However good the principles are, we are sceptical about the possibility of the planning application being refused, given that the Government has apparently already made up the decision to go ahead.continued…


 


The detail required within the necessary planning applications is essential to allow an informed response to this consultation.  Without this information, this consultation exercise is flawed. 


4.  Surface Access 


Expansion is needed to deal with existing traffic and weare not persuaded by the proposed plans to deal with expansion. 


5.  Mitigation of negative impacts of Heathrow Northwest Runway Scheme 


5.1 Air quality supporting measures 


We in Greater London do not need ‘mitigation’ measures in relation to increased air pollution.  We need positive steps to reduce existing air pollution.


5.2 Noise supporting measures 


We in Greater London do not need ‘mitigation’ measures in relation to increased noise pollution.  We need positive steps to reduce existing noise pollution.  It is a matter of continued frustration that the impact of air traffic on the densely populated communities to the east of Richmond is ignored. 


5.3 Carbon emissions supporting measures 


We need improvements and reductions in existing levels.  These should be made to existing air traffic irrespective of whether there is added capacity at Heathrow. 


5.4  Compensation for local communities 


The description of what is a ‘local’ community is too narrowly drawn. Residents in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth are ‘local’ to Heathrow in terms of adverse impact. 


6 Additional Planning Requirements 


No response beyond that at 3 above 


7.  Alternatives to Heathrow 


We see merit in the arguments put forward by Gatwick Airport 


8.  Additional comments 


No further response 


9.  Public sector equality 


General consultation events were insufficient with nothing in many parts of Wandsworth and Lambeth.


The Battersea Society welcomed the opportunity to attend the Excel event and the courtesy and ability of those from DfT who spent time attending these events.


 


1.  The need for additional runway capacity


 


The argument for this, and, if necessary, for this to be at Heathrow, has not been made.


,


This runway review was begun before the decision to leave the European Union and the decision cannot take full account of this, given that the terms of our relationship with the European Union are yet to be determined.


 


The consultation is being carried out in advance of the conclusions of the parallel consultation into UK Airspace Policy Consultation.


 


We have seen no real willingness to consider regional options or to consider the wider economic benefits to the United Kingdom through expansion away from the South of England, with the benefits this could bring in terms of greater employment in areas where it is needed, and investment in transport links further north.


 


Housing availability is nearing crisis point in London and its suburbs.  Where will the proposed additional employees at Heathrow be housed?


 


The environmental cost is high.  We are not persuaded of the need for increased domestic flights compared with improved and enhanced train capacity.


 


2. Issue of Airport Capacity in the South East


 


We consider that the arguments in favour of Heathrow at the expense of Gatwick are flawed. 


 


To take one example.  The Government’s figures show that expansion at Gatwick is forecast to bring an estimated financial benefit of £54bn.  Given that both this, and the Heathrow figure of £61bn, are forecasts and inherently fallible, it is possible that other economic considerations and revised financial forecasts could narrow this gap further.


 


However, see 1 above.  The Government’s arguments ignore other social and economic costs through, for example, the costs of unemployment away from the affluent South East and changes due to the UK’s future status within the European Union. 


 


The health and other costs of added pollution in the South East are ignored.  The environmental impact of building over green space alongside Heathrow Airport has not been properly assessed.


 


3.  Assessment Principles


 


However good the principles are, we are sceptical about the possibility of the planning application being refused, given that the Government has apparently already made up the decision to go ahead.


continued…


The detail required within the necessary planning applications is essential to allow an informed response to this consultation.  Without this information, this consultation exercise is flawed.


 


4.  Surface Access


 


Expansion is needed to deal with existing traffic and weare not persuaded by the proposed plans to deal with expansion.


 


5.  Mitigation of negative impacts of Heathrow Northwest Runway Scheme


 


5.1 Air quality supporting measures


 


We in Greater London do not need ‘mitigation’ measures in relation to increased air pollution.  We need positive steps to reduce existing air pollution.


 


5.2 Noise supporting measures


 


We in Greater London do not need ‘mitigation’ measures in relation to increased noise pollution.  We need positive steps to reduce existing noise pollution.  It is a matter of continued frustration that the impact of air traffic on the densely populated communities to the east of Richmond is ignored.


 


5.3 Carbon emissions supporting measures


 


We need improvements and reductions in existing levels.  These should be made to existing air traffic irrespective of whether there is added capacity at Heathrow.


 


5.4  Compensation for local communities


 


The description of what is a ‘local’ community is too narrowly drawn. Residents in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth are ‘local’ to Heathrow in terms of adverse impact.


 


6 Additional Planning Requirements


 


No response beyond that at 3 above


 


7.  Alternatives to Heathrow


 


We see merit in the arguments put forward by Gatwick Airport


 


8.  Additional comments


 


No further response


 


9.  Public sector equality


 


General consultation events were insufficient with nothing in many parts of Wandsworth and Lambeth.


 


The Battersea Society welcomed the opportunity to attend the Excel event and the courtesy and ability of those from DfT who spent time attending these events.