Heathrow Airport expansion

In October 2016 the Government announced its preferred scheme for meeting the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England is a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport. On 26 June 2018, Parliament then voted in support of building a North West Runway at Heathrow Airport.


Consultations related to Heathrow expansion are arranged by a mixture of departments/agencies.  Further information about past and current consultations is available on Heathrow Airport Limited's own website, on the Government's dedicated Heathrow Airport expansion webpages.  Broader aviation consultations (which apply wider than Heathrow) can be found on the Department for Transport's Aviation Strategy, as well as the Civil Aviation Authority's consultation page.

Runnymede Borough Council's position

On 22 January 2015, the Council resolved that the Airport Commission would be advised "The Council supports the expansion of runway capacity at Gatwick Airport in preference to the options associated with Heathrow Airport. This Council supports: a) improved connectivity between Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport; and b) appropriate mitigation measures in any case to limit the detrimental environmental impact of aviation traffic at both Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport."

  1. As Parliament has since voted in support of building a North West Runway at Heathrow Airport, the Council adopted the following new position statement on 6 December 2018:
  2. "The Council acknowledges the decision made by Government in June 2018 that its intended airport expansion option in the South East is a North West Runway at Heathrow Airport. We will now refocus to achieve the best possible outcomes for the Borough of Runnymede with regards to the Heathrow Airport expansion plans, and respectfully request that Government, Heathrow Airport Limited, the Civil Aviation Authority and other relevant agencies accept and deliver the requests on our 'Expectations List'."

Icon for pdf Expectations List [299.66KB]

The Council's consultation responses

The Council's consultation responses to previous related public consultations can be found below.

Icon for pdf Heathrow statutory consultation June 2019 [761.23KB]

Icon for pdf Aviation 2050 RBC Response [486.1KB]

Icon for pdf Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy, Sept 2018 [127.72KB]

Icon for pdf Final Heathrow Airport noise action plan response June 2018 [147.22KB]

Icon for pdf Heathrow Airport expansion consultation final response March 2018 [231.05KB]

Icon for pdf Heathrow's airspace principles consultation final response March 2018 [143.7KB]

Icon for pdf Revised NPS consultation response Nov 2017 [157.43KB]

Icon for pdf Airports National Policy Statement May 2017 [329.63KB]

Icon for pdf UK Airspace Policy May 2017 [501.39KB]

Icon for pdf Night Flight Restrictions February 2017 [220.73KB]

Icon for pdf Airspace Change Process June 2016 [287.57KB]

Icon for pdf Airspace change consultation cap 1786 [203.23KB]

Furthermore the Council, in carrying out its statutory duty as a Local Planning Authority, has responded to a consultation on Heathrow Airport Limited's emerging draft Statement of Community Consultation, and an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report as required by the Town and Country Planning Act 2008 and The Infrastructure Planning (EIA) Regulations 2017.   The responses can be found by clicking the relevant link below, then clicking 'Documents' (below 'Other information available to view for this application'), and finally clicking 'Decision Notice'. 

RU.19/1296 - (Heathrow Airport The Compass Centre Nelson Road Hounslow Middlesex)

RU.18/1792 (Heathrow Airport Limited's emerging draft Statement of Community Consultation)

RU.18/0801 - (Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report)

RU.18/0397 - Further consultation on revisions to the draft statement of Community Consultation for Heathrow Expansion by HAL Ltd

Heathrow Airport Expansion Members Working Group

Runnymede Borough Council has set up a Members Working Group to consider how Runnymede might be affected and to ensure that the best possible case is presented for mitigation measures in Runnymede.  Further information about the group can be found within the agenda and minutes section of the council's website.

Media Responses

Occasionally the Council or its committees and working groups will respond to media coverage relating to Heathrow.

Icon for pdf Letter to Sunday Times [208.66KB] following an article on 3 March 2019 regarding the publication of noise maps showing that new areas of the south east, including Chertsey, would be overflown by flights using the enlarged airport.