Some useful dates
1st October – Protests are many airports across Europe, against the growth of aviation. There will be a protest at Heathrow or Gatwick. No details as yet. It will be law abiding and completely non-violent, and suitable for all the family. Being organised by Reclaim the Power. Details Likely to be a flashmob, and/or a critical mass cycle ride.
8th October – big gathering at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes, against the proposed new airport. The sound of thousands of walking sticks will resonate. Details
11th October – (or 18th) date has been suggested as a possible date for an announcement by the government on the runway issue.
18th October – date has been suggested as a possible date for an announcement by the government on the runway issue. But there is no confirmation – may just be speculation.
18th and 19th October – ClientEarth’s clean air court case against the UK government for illegal levels of air pollution has been fast-tracked by a High Court judge Details
UN climate summit, due to take place in Morocco. The meeting is considered crucial to hammering out the finer details of the Paris Agreement, including confirming funding streams for climate finance initiatives and finalising the process of reviews to nations’ climate action plans.
Tuesday 15th November – Richmond by-election Hustings meeting, organised by Hacan. 7pm, Duke St Baptist Church, Duke Street, Richmond, TW9 1DH. Your chance to question the candidates standing in the Richmond and North Kingston about their views on Heathrow expansion
Wednesday 23rd November – Richmond by-election Hustings meeting, organised by Hacan. 7pm, Tiffin Boys School, Queen Elizabeth Rd, Kingston, KT2 6RL (use London Rd entrance)
Saturday 19th November – Rally against the 3rd runway. 10am Richmond Green
Saturday 19th November – another peaceful protest against the Heathrow 3rd runway, organised by Rising Up, a network of environmental activist. Two events are organised, on family friendly and the other potentially arrestable. For the non-arrestable action, meet at 11.30am at The Three Mapgies Pub on the Bath Road, just outside Heathrow airport.
There will then be a short walk to the location of the demo which will be a normal demo with banners, t-shirts and some singing, separate from, but within sight of where the edgier, more arrestable action is taking place. The demo will be over by lunchtime.
23rd November – Philip Hammond autumn financial statement Link
Weds 30th November – Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport and
Caroline Low, Director of Airport Capacity, DfT give evidence to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee, on environmental aspects of Heathrow expansion. Link
1st December – Start of NICE consultation on outdoor air quality, and health. Link
22nd December – The activists who blocked the roads around Heathrow on November 19th will appear at Ealing Magistrates Court, 30 Green Man Lane, W13 0SD Supporters will gather outside the court at 9.30am. The court is a short walk from West Ealing Station.
22nd December – at the Crown and Treaty, Uxbridge, a musical journalist and Hayes f.m presenter is putting on a night of local bands ROCK AGAINST A RUNWAY
23rd December – end of consultation on Edinburgh airport draft Master Plan Link
19th – 20th January – Hearing in the High Court in London about the legal challenge brought by 4 councils and Greenpeace on the DfT backing for Heathrow 3rd runway. Ruling at an unknown date. Details
20th January – second reading of Tania Mathias’ 10 Minute Rule Bill, to get aircraft noise made a statutory nuisance, is on 20th January. The video of the debate in Parliament where Tania Mathias called for the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to be amended to make noise caused by aircraft a statutory nuisance received it first https://youtu.be/PgXtYadPStw. The bill is unlikely to become law but it is an excellent way of raising the special treatment aircraft noise gets.
25th January – end of NICE consultation on outdoor air quality and health. Link
26th January – start of the Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into airspace management and modernisation Details
30th January – first meeting of new group against Heathrow 3rd runway, in Hammersmith and Fulham. Details
End January – or early February – Publication by the DfT of the draft National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow. Expected 4 months consultation
2nd February – Publication by the DfT of the draft “Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England”. ie. on Heathrow runway. 16 week consultation Ends 25th May 2017. Consultation document
2nd February – Publication by the DfT of their Airspace Policy consultation. Ends 25th May 2017. Details
Thursday 9th February 7.30pm – Meeting on Night Flight Consultation. Teddington Action Group. Sugden Hall, Station Road, Teddington (Next door to Christ Church)
28th February 2017 – Night Flights consultation ends Details
For details of the DfT consultation events on the National Policy Statement on the Heathrow runway, see below.
For details of consultation events held by the DfT (where they promote the runway to the public, and have little information on any negative impacts) see here for dates, times and venues. There are 20 events between 13th Feb and 15th March in areas close to Heathrow, and 13 events across the country.
24th March – deadline to submit evidence to Transport Committee inquiry into the Airports NPS. Details
28th March – air pollution meeting in Richmond. 7pm TW9 4DU
31st March – deadline to submit evidence to Transport Committee inquiry into airspace management and modernisation. Details
31st March – meeting in Englefield Green with Philip Hammond (the Chancellor) on Heathrow. Details.
3rd April – Grow Heathrow in court, for possible eviction from their premises. Support outside the High Court in The Strand, WC2A 2LL 9 – 11am. Details
24th April – The High Court has ordered the Government to publish a draft new clean air plan to tackle NO2 by 24 April, with a final plan by 31 July.
12th May – deadline for submission of evidence to the EFRA (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Committee for the joint inquiry by 4 committees (EFRA, Transport, Health and EAC) into “Improving air quality.” Details
25th May – end of DfT consultation on “Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England”. ie. on Heathrow runway. 16 week consultation Ends 25th May 2017. Consultation document
25th May – Publication by the DfT of their Airspace Policy consultation. Ends 25th May 2017. Details
31st July – The High Court has ordered the Government to publish a draft new clean air plan to tackle NO2 by 24 April, with a final plan by 31 July.
More aviation consultations later in the year:
Chris Grayling said (letter to EAC on 9th January) that: “We have begun work on an Aviation Strategy to replace the 2013 Aviation Policy Framework and this will include a more detailed consideration of available policy measures to address the climate change impacts of aviation. We look forward to publishing a series of green papers this year as part of this process.”
The proposed timeline for a 3rd Heathrow runway (from various sources)
The DfT has put forward its anticipated timeline, of how it envisages the various stages progressing. The process below is what we think will happen – but some of the suggested process below may prove to be wrong.
This is our best guess so far.
The process will start with a draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) being published early in 2017 – followed by a consultation for (probably) 16 weeks on draft NPS and associated documents. There will be a series of local and regional events around the country and in the vicinity of Heathrow.
The NPS then, during or after the 16 weeks, goes to a Commons Select Committee (almost certainly the Transport Cttee) which will scrutinise it. This stage could take 12 weeks. People will be able to send in submissions to the DfT or to the Select committee. The DfT consultation is to be overseen, in a manner that is not yet clear, by Sir Jeremy Sullivan to ensure it is carried out correctly and fairly.
The NPS will be supported by an Appraisal of Sustainability that examines the social, economic and environmental impacts of the chosen runway scheme, including air quality, carbon and noise. The public will have the opportunity to comment on this during consultation on the draft NPS.
During the scrutiny stage, there would be the chance for MPs and others to present evidence to the committee, which would call witnesses to question. Whether any other committee, such as the Environmental Audit Committee, would also be able to have input, is not yet clear.
The Select Committee will then make its report and recommendations to Parliament. The DfT will also review all the consultation responses and write a report of its recommendation. The NPS and its supporting documents will be amended and updated by the DfT, taking account of the consultation responses and the Parliamentary scrutiny process.
By now it will probably be autumn 2017. Perhaps in late autumn, the Government places the final NPS before Parliament. There will be a debate in the Commons, and it will also be debated in the Lords. There is then a vote to approve the final within 21 sitting days.
If the final NPS is not approved by the Commons, the Secretary of State could make changes and lay a new NPS before Parliament, on which again a vote to approve would take place 21 sitting days later. Once voted through, the NPS is then deemed to be “designated” (ie. comes into force) by the Transport Secretary.
Any Judicial Reviews would follow within a six-week period after the approval of the final NPS, but these could also occur at any point if the correct process was not followed. Legal challenges could hold up proceedings. There could be legal challenges at various stages, which might hold things up.
That might, at the earliest, be around the start of 2018. Once the NPS is agreed, then Heathrow can begin the formal process of seeking planning permission, which includes further consultation with local communities.
As the runway is considered to be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) through the Planning Act 2008, Heathrow would then submit a development consent order (DCO) to the planning inspectorate. (It is not a normal planning application, via the local authority – but it is considered in relation to the NPS). Heathrow would probably also have to do some pre-application consultation events, before the DCO stage – perhaps summer or autumn 2017. There would then be a planning inquiry and examination (taking at most six months).
Heathrow will also be required to complete a number of environmental assessments to support its application for development consent. These include an Environmental Impact Assessment, an Environmental Statement, a Statement on Compliance with the Habitats Directive and a Flood Risk Assessment.
The planning inspector then submits his report to the Secretary of State (within three months); and the Secretary of State considers the report and announces a decision (within 3 months). This would, at the earliest, be around the end of 2018.
The DfT expects the runway planning process to take perhaps 3 years, 2018 – 2021 or 2022. There will be a General Election by May 2020, in the middle of this. The DfT hope the runway would be operational by some time after 2025 or the late 2020s.
The proposed timeline for a 3rd Heathrow runway (DfT 28.10.2016)
Draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) published
The NPS will set out the Government’s position for developing a new runway by 2030.
Start of national and local consultation on contents of draft NPS
This will include a series of local and regional events around the country and in the vicinity
of the selected airport. Expected to last for 16 weeks until Spring 2017.
Spring – Summer 2017
Select Committee Scrutiny of Draft NPS
The opportunity for parliamentary scrutiny of the draft NPS by the appointed Select
Summer – Autumn 2017
Analysis and review of responses & revision of NPS
Full analysis of all responses received during the public consultation and associated
events. Government reviews responses to the consultation and final report from the Select
Committee and the NPS is revised to take these into account.
Late 2017/early 2018
Publication of final Airports National Policy Statement
Government publishes final NPS in Parliament, with a subsequent debate followed by a vote.
Late 2017/early 2018
Designation of National Policy Statement
Assuming the final NPS passes the parliamentary vote, it can be designated by
the Transport Secretary.
2018 – 2021/22
Heathrow airport takes forward scheme
Once the National Policy Statement has been designated, Heathrow is able to begin the
formal process of seeking planning permission, which includes further consultation with local communities. And that includes having obtained permission to compulsorily purchase properties for demolition.
[ May 2020 or before – General Election ]
2025 – late 2020’s
New runway operational
Assuming the planning and construction process runs in line with the timetable set out by Heathrow, the new runway is expected to be operational between 2025 and late 2020’s.
and it says:
Putting commitments on a legal basis
Communities will want to ensure that Heathrow is held to the promises it has made. There are a number of commitments that have been made by the airport operator that could become planning obligations, such as a ban on scheduled night flights and compliance with noise targets.
The London Airspace Management Programme (LAMP) which will redesign the whole of the London Terminal Airspace using Performance Based Navigation will be delivered in phases between 2015/16 and 2019.
DfT consultation information events on the Heathrow NPS (National Policy Statement)
The DfT are also holding consultation information events. At the events you can speak to DfT officials and ask about the draft Airports National Policy Statement.
Weekday events are open from 11.00am to 8.00pm.
Saturday events are open 10.00am to 5.00pm.
We are also running regional consultation information events for invited stakeholders. If you think you should have been invited, please contact us on 0800 689 4968.
- Monday 20 March 2017, Manchester
- Wednesday 22 March 2017, Birmingham
- Friday 24 March 2017, Leeds
- Monday 27 March 2017, Newcastle
- Wednesday 29 March 2017, Edinburgh
- Friday 31 March 2017, Glasgow
- Monday 3 April 2017, Belfast
- Wednesday 5 April 2017, Liverpool
- Friday 7 April 2017, Cardiff
- Monday 10 April 2017, Newquay
- Wednesday 12 April 2017, Reading
- Tuesday 18 April 2017, Brighton
- Thursday 20 April 2017, London
If you have questions about the consultation or about your local event please call us on 0800 689 4968.
For reference, dates in 2016
Tues 12th January: HACAN’s Noise and Health Report launch in Parliament
Monday 18th January: – start of trial of 13 Plane Stupid activists who invaded the northern Heathrow runway on 13th July 2015. Due to last perhaps two weeks. At Willesden Magistrates court. Details.
28th January: Publication of the independent review of changes in 2014 of Gatwick arrivals flight paths, by Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake.
11th Feb: Parliament rises
22nd Feb. Parliament returns
22nd Feb. Protest by CHATR in Chiswick
Feb 23rd – Two big aviation conferences are being held in London: The Air Transport Conference, 2016; and The Global Aviation Development Summit.
Weds 24th Feb – the “Heathrow 13” who occupied the end of Heathrow’s northern runway in July 15th, are to be sentenced. They may get up to 3 months in prison. 9am protest outside Willesden Magistrates Court. 448 High Road, Willesden, London NW10 2DZ. (Nearest tube is Neasden, on the Jubilee line). Details.
Feb – Heathrow and Enterprise Nation do a survey about impact of Heathrow 3rd runway on SMEs.
Fri 11th March. 9am the three activists who blocked Heathrow’s Tunnel are due to appear in Willesden Magistrates Court.
14th March: Start of Scottish Government’s consultation on changing APD. Ends 3rd June. Details
15th March. Start of public inquiry into appeal by London City airport against refusal by the Mayor of London, of their airport expansion plan. Link
15th March: Start of CAA consultation on airspace change process Details
16th March: Heathrow ends 6 month trial of 3.2 degree landings. Details
16th March: Budget
24th March: Parliament rises
End of March (date?) Gatwick airport responds to the Arrivals Review.
Tues 5TH APRIL, 8PM Public meeting arranged by Stop Heathrow Expansion – CRANE COMMUNITY CENTRE, FULLER WAY, HAYES UB3 4LW (guest speakers include John McDonnell MP) Link
11th April: Parliament resumes
12 – 13th April: Transport Times Event. “UK Transport Infrastructure Summit.” Keynote speaker Lord Adonis of National Infrastructure Commission. Stewart Wingate and John Holland-Kaye speaking, and also Darren Caplan of the AOA. Details
Tues 19th April. 9am. Trail of the three who, in November 2015, blocked the main inbound tunnel leading to Heathrow airport. At Uxbridge Magistrates Court, Harefield Road, UB8 1 Uxbridge. Details
Wednesday 20 April 2016. 9.30 am – 11.00 am. Westminster Hall debate. “Effect of aircraft noise on local communities” – Tom Tugendhat (MP for Tunbridge, Edenbridge and Malling) Details
Thurs 21ST APRIL, 8PM – Public meeting arranged by Stop Heathrow Expansion HAYES AND HARLINGTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, ALBERT ROAD, HAYES UB3 4HR (guest speakers include John McDonnell MP) Link
April – date unknown – report by Heathrow and Enterprise Nation on impact of Heathrow 3rd runway on SMEs.
Thurs 5th May: London Mayoral Election (and some others across the UK)
Sunday 8th May: Going Backwards on Climate Change – march (backwards) down Whitehall, to mark the first anniversary of the Conservative government, which has gone backwards on many policies relating to climate. Building a new runway being one of those. Details It is anticipated that there will be an aviation presence at the march.
16th May: End of Gatwick consultation on the reply by Gatwick airport on 31st March to the Arrivals Review by Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake. Details
Weds 18th May: Queen’s Speech
18th May: Heathrow Community Noise Forum
19th May: Heathrow Noise Forum
Thurs 19th May: “Grow Heathrow” are under threat of eviction. Lewdown Holdings Limited (who own most of the land Grow Heathrow is on) are attempting to get a possession order
Supporters gathering from 9:00am outside Uxbridge County Court. This is not the Uxbridge court where Plane Stupid appeared. Address: 501 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, UB4 8HL.
Thurs 26TH MAY, 8PM – Public meeting arranged by Stop Heathrow Expansion ST MATTHEWS CHURCH, HIGH STREET, YIEWSLEY UB7 7QH (guest speakers including John McDonnell MP). Link
May – Route 4 for take-offs from Gatwick, towards the west and turning northwards, to be changed back to its original route in the NPR. Details
30th May: End of European consultation on state aid to airports and ports. Details
Bank Holiday Monday 30th May. Celebrate Heathrow’s 70th birthday, in Harmondsworth. Details
31st May. Heathrow is officially 70 years old.
3rd June: End of Scottish Government consultations on changing Air Passenger Duty Details
7th June: Heathrow holds a “Business Summit” for SMEs in Manchester, to attract companies to bid for work on its (hoped for) 3rd runway. Details
June 13, 2016: EU regulation on airport noise takes effect
15th June: End of CAA consultation on airspace change process Details
19th or 26 th June. Referendum in France about proposed new Nantes airport at Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Details
23rd June: EU referendum
Monday 4th July: Seminar on Aircraft Noise and Mental Health. 3.00 – 4:30pm; Room Q in Portcullis House, Westminster. Organised by Hacan and AEF. Details Chair: Dr Tania Mathias MP
?Around 18th July?? Patrick McLoughlin is due to make a statement to Parliament on the government’s decision on a new runway. Should be at least a few days before Parliament rises, (ie. several days before 21st) to give MPs etc time to question etc. Or it could be in the 10 days Parliament is working 5th to 15th September.
21st July: Parliament rises for the summer recess.
The Department for Transport will hold a formal consultation on changes to the noise elements of the Aviation Policy Framework, and the principles behind changes to flight paths – some time in /after summer 2016, “to coincide with a further announcement on runway capacity in the south east” ie. after a runway decision. In 2nd half of 2016.
5th September – Parliament returns, till 15th when the Party Conference season starts. (If no runway decision has been announced in July by the government, it is just possible it could be during this period. But unlikely). [It was not]
12th Sept: End of consultation by Edinburgh airport on changes to flight paths (first stage). Details
September 2016: ICAO Assembly to come back on global MBM (Market Based Measure) to reduce global aviation carbon emissions
?around 7th September Parliament returns from recess
29th September: Heathrow holds a “Business Summit” for SMEs in Leeds, to attract companies to bid for work on its (hoped for) 3rd runway. Details
For reference, dates in 2015
Transfer of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports from Heathrow Airport Holdings to Ferrovial and Macquarie. (Sale agreed in October 204).
19th – meeting by West Sussex County Council to decide view on Gatwick runway
20th – Public meetings by West Windsor Residents Assn. about Heathrow. Details
Around 20th – Horsham Council to decide on view on Gatwick runway
26th – debate by Crawley Council on its view on a Gatwick runway Details
3rd – end of Airports Commission consultation. Details
3rd – 6pm. At Main Hall, Old Town Stratford, 29 Broadway, London E15 4BQ
Newham Council to hear City Airport expansion application to expand.Planning Officers recommend granting the planning application both for the hotel and the infrastructure, can be found at http://mgov.newham.gov.uk/ieAgenda.aspx?M=10678. Details
Sat 28th – Transition Heathrow’s 5th birthday party. Details
Tues 3rd March – Heathrow Rally Details
Sat 7th March – Climate March in London. Details
13trh March: End of Biggin Hill (Bromley) consultation on extending operating hours. Details
29th April – International Noise Awareness day. Protest in Berlin
Thurs May 7th – General Election (and some local elections)
Some time after the election, Airports Commission announces its recommendation on new runway to the new government. Date unknown.
Airports Commission likely to make its recommendation by the end of the month, before Sir Howard goes to RBS. Date unknown.
10th June: End of EU consultation on Aviation package for improving the competitiveness of the EU Aviation sector. Started in March. Details.
30th June: Meeting Carbon Budgets: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament by the Committee on Climate Change. This is the CCC’s seventh statutory report to Parliament on progress towards meeting carbon budgets. In it we will consider the latest data on emissions and their drivers. http://www.theccc.org.uk/media-centre/coming-up/
6-7th July: Runways UK conference in London, to discuss the Airports Commission recommendation (which they presume will have been made). Details
11 – 12th July. Annual 2 day protest at Notre Dame des Landes, against the proposed new airport for Nantes.
1st September: start of Stansted consultation on narrowed flight paths. Ends 27th November. Details.
3rd September: Deadline for submission to the Environmental Audit Committee. Link
8th September: Deadline for submissions to the government consultation on the devolution of APD, and its reduction, to Scotland. Link
Saturday 12th September: Meeting on the problem of UK carbon emissions and a new runway, organised by the Green Party. No New Runways. Not Heathrow, Not Gatwick, Not any other runway either. Details.
Monday 14th September: Heathrow start 6 month trial of 3.2 degree landings. Ends 16th March 2016. Details
Saturday 10th October: 11am Rally in Parliament Square against Heathrow 3rd runway. Details to be announced.
Monday 12th October. End of Commons Transport Committee surface transport to airports inquiry. Details
6th November. End of DEFRA consultation on NO2 and air quality. Details
Announcement, with statement of intent, by government on the Airports Commission’s recommendation of a 3rd Heathrow runway. There may be a public consultation after it. No details yet known.
Thursday 26th November: A Peoples Question Time held in Hillingdon. 7 – 9 pm. A chance to question the Mayor & London Assembly. Details
27th November: end of Stansted consultation on narrowed flight paths. Details
28th November: Greg Clark (MP for Tunbridge Wells) will be chairing a public meeting with the team leading Gatwick’s independent review at 10am in the Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Details Booking beforehand necessary.
24th December: Edinburgh flight path trial due to end (started in June) if it does not end earlier. Details.
31st December 2015 The CCC will publish its recommendations for 5th carbon budget, covering the period 2028-32, as required by Climate Change Act. This budget covers the symbolically important year of 2030 by which time we need to be very firmly on the path to the agreed 2050 target. The Government will propose legislation for the 5th budget in Summer 2016. http://www.theccc.org.uk/ http://www.theccc.org.uk/media-centre/coming-up/
4th July 2016: Seminar on Aircraft Noise and Mental Health
3.00 – 4:30pm; Room Q in Portcullis House, Westminster*
Chair: Dr Tania Mathias MP
Dirk Schreckenberg, Senior Researcher, Centre for applied psychology, environmental and social science in Hagen, Germany, will explain the key findings of the NORAH study on noise and mental health
Chris Keady will talk about the impact on his mental health of living under the Heathrow flight paths and suggest practical solutions
Matt Gorman, Sustainability Director at Heathrow Airport, will outline the steps Heathrow is taking to provide respite from aicraft noise
There will be a good period of time for questions and discussion
*Please allow about 15 minutes to get through security
It is being staged by the Aviation Environment Federation* and HACAN*. It is a follow-up to a report published in January 2016 on Aircraft Noise and Health – http://hacan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Aircraft-Noise-and-Public-Health-the-evidence-is-loud-and-clear-final-reportONLINE.pdf.
There is growing concern about the impact on mental health of aircraft noise. However, there is comparatively little research on the topic. We are therefore delighted that the keynote speaker will be Dirk Schreckenberg, one of the authors of the NORAH Study, a recent German study which included ground-breaking work on mental health and noise http://www.laermstudie.de/en/
Bank Holiday Monday 30th May 2016: ‘Celebrate’ Heathrow’s 70th Birthday
12 noon. High St Harmondsworth* – outside the historic Five Bells Pub, UB7 0AQ.
- 70 ‘No 3rd Runway’ birthday balloons will be released.
- There will be music, a few speeches, refreshments and a chance to walk part of the route of the proposed new runway.
- And everybody is encouraged to bring a birthday present for Heathrow which will be kept safe overnight and delivered to them on their official birthday the next day.
- We are hoping this will be a fun Bank Holiday event but with a serious purpose, the day before Heathrow’s official birthday. It is also probably the last chance to have an event for a while as the news in June and July is likely to be dominated by the referendum. Heathrow Airport knows that also and is expecting its 70th birthday to generate a lot of media coverage. It means we can interest the media in this event. If you have nothing planned for the Bank holiday, you are encouraged to join us as the more people who attend, the more powerful the signal that there is considerable opposition to a 3rd runway.
* There is some parking available in the area. The U3 and 350 buses stop just a short walk away.
CAA release provisional statistics for the previous month for UK airports around 15th of each month.
Heathrow Ltd (used to be called BAA) produce the previous month’s figures for their UK airports, (some time approx between 10th and 15th of each month).
IATA produce previous month’s figures for the global aviation industry around the 27th of each month.
For reference, dates in 2014
16th January: start of Airports Commission’s consultation (end date not known) on their draft Appraisal Framework, for the impacts of schemes will be appraised and how scheme designs should be developed.
21st January. End of NATS consultation on airspace around Gatwick, London City airport, Southend and Biggin Hill. Details
21st January: end of NATS consultation on airspace around Gatwick, London City airport, Southend and Biggin Hill. Details
January 2014: Vote in Environment Committee on the draft report by the European Parliament on aviation in the ETS http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=18483
14th February – deadline for Airports Commission consultation on four options in the inner Thames Estuary airport. Details
18 – 20th – hearing about judicial review challenge to Carlisle City Council decision to allow Stobart to develop Carlisle airport details
22nd Feb – Manifestation at Notre Dame des Landes, Nantes. Details
16th March – end of Heathrow “consultation” on northwest runway
24th March – Launch of Heathrow 3rd runway photo competition. Details at www.no-ifs-no-buts.com
28th March: Publication of finalised “Appraisal Framework” by the Airports Commission.
End of March: Goverment will give its response to the Airports Commission Interim Report (perhaps with a comment on recommendation of a new independent noise authority, probably only in an advisory capacity.
31st March: 2nd IPPC report on impacts of climate change. Summary for Policymakers of the second part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report Details.
March or April – DfT has said it will respond to the Airports Commission’s short-term suggestions
Key dates for the aviation ETS proposal
3 March: Environment Council
4 March: Second Trilogue
14 March: Transport Council
31 March: Aviation ETS 2013 reporting deadline
2-3 and 14-17 April: European Parliament plenary sessions – The deadline for a decision
2nd April: The first phase of NATS public consultation on the re-design of London Airspace completed on 21 January; a report will be published on 2nd April at http://www.londonairspaceconsultation.co.uk/.
4th April (to 16th May) – Gatwick airport will start a consultation on 3 runway options. [Only option to say No to an new runway is buried in section D] Link
April 2014: Vote in Plenary of the European Parliament on aviation in the ETS. http://www.airportwatch.org.uk/?p=18483
End of April 2014: The UK government now has two months to respond to the European Commission’s legal action on air pollution. Link
1st May – European countries (France, Germany, UK) cease to be able to penalise airlines not complying with EU ETS details
2nd May: end of Farnborough airport airspace consultation – the airport wants to greatly expand their controlled airspace. Details
9th May – deadline for the “refreshed” scheme designs for the 3 short-listed runway schemes (2 at Heathrow, 1 at Gatwick) to be submitted to Airports Commission.
16th May – end of Gatwick consultation (start 4th April) Link
22nd May – local elections for parts of England. For all 32 London boroughs, all 36 metropolitan boroughs, 76 second-tier district authorities, 20 unitary authorities and various mayoral posts
22nd May – European Parliament elections. Most of the results of the election will be announced on Sunday 25 May, after voting has closed throughout the 28 member states of the European Union.
23rd May – deadline for Airports Commission consultation in which respondents are invited to submit analysis, evidence, and additional research or comments on an inner Thames Estuary airport. Details
23rd May – start of Gatwick 12 week consultation on future fight paths. Details
1st June – Deadline for submissions to Heathrow 3rd runway competition. Details at www.no-ifs-no-buts.com
9th June – start of Airports Commission consultation on its discussion paper on the role of the regional airports. Ends 25th July Details
9th June – start of NATS consultation on changes to Stansted flight paths. Ends 8th September. Details
18th June – Gala evening to judge Heathrow 3rd runway competiiton www.no-ifs-no-buts.com
26th June – RunwaysUK conference on a new runway and land use planning. Link
June and early July – convergences of people from across France to Nantes, many on foot or bike, to take part in the gathering at Notre Dame des Landes on 5/6th July. http://www.acipa-ndl.fr/
5-6th July: ACIPA, the group fighting plans for a new Nantes airport at Notre Dame des Landes, is holding another huge protest. Facebook details
15th July – like to be the date when the Committee on Climate Change report on climate progress, including comment on Airports Commission’s December interim report. Details
15th July – Government is expected to give its response to the Airports Commission’s Interim Report, which came out in December 2013. This response was initially expected at the end of March.
15th July – The Defra/Dft approved Noise Action Plans for all the airports will be issued.
24th – Gatwick Airport Ltd to publish results of runway consultation and summary of runway plans
25th July – end of Airports Commission consultation on its discussion paper on the role of the regional airports. Details
10th July – Airports Commission carrying out 4 studies to assess the feasibility of
the Inner Estuary Hub concept (one on surface transport). Final studies will be published for comment in July. link First report, on Environmental Impacts, published on 4th July.
8th August – End of consultation period for comment on the Airports Commission paper on Environmental Impacts of a Thames estuary airport. Details.
15th August – end of Gatwick 12 week consultation on future fight paths. Details
15th August – end of Airports Commission call for evidence on delivery of new runway capacity. Details
Mid – 2014 – Airports Commission will decide if a Thames Estuary runway option, at the Isle of Grain, should be given more consideration in the second half of the year. Their interim report said (seems like an afterthought):”If a decision is reached that it should, it will be subject to similar appraisal and consultation processes as the short-listed options, although not necessarily to the same timescale.”
2nd – Commission announced its decision not to short list a Thames Estuary airport
2nd – Start of Stansted consultation on its draft Sustainable Development Plan (SDP). Details
4th – Start of London City Airport consultation on airspace changes are RNAV. Ends 27th November. Details
The London City Airport flight path consultation document is http://www.londoncityairport.com/content/pdf/LCY-LAMP-Consultation-Document.pdf … more explanation, FAQs etc at http://www.londoncityairport.com/londonairspacemanagement …
8th September – End of NATS consultation (started 9th June) on changes to Stansted flight paths. Details
10th October: Meeting with Heathrow, chaired by Michael Gove MP, for affected residents of the 3 villages (Lightwater, Windlesham & Bagshot)
13th October: Public meeting to be held at the Pavillion on Ascot racecourse at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) about Heathrow flight path trial Details
Oct 2014 – the Airports Commission will publish the “refreshed” scheme designs for the three runway proposals (Heathrow north west option; Heathrow western extension of north runway; Gatwick southern runway). And a consultation would start, on these schemes, lasting perhaps till December.
22nd October – Meeting organised by Plane Wrong in Beare Green about Gatwick flight path changes. Details
23rd October – Meeting organised by Plane Wrong in Redhill about Gatwick flight path changes. Details
24th October – Meeting in Englfield Green (south west of Heathrow) about new flight paths. 7pm. Details. http://stopegtrials.com/ Organised by “Stop trial Flight Path Routes over Englefield Green”
31st October 2014 – end of consultation by GLA (Greater London Authority) on their Infrastructure Plan for London till 2050. Boris Johnson still pushing his aspiration of a 4 runway airport in the Thames Estuary. Link
7th – end of Stansted airport consultation on its draft SDP (Sustainable Development Plan). Details
18th November – meeting by Betchworth, Buckland and Brockham Parish Councils on impacts of Gatwick runway plans. Details
19th November – deadline for submission of comments on Heathrow appeal against refusal by Hillingdon Council of works to enable take-offs to the east from the northern runway. Details
22nd November – protest meeting by GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) against Gatwick flight path and 2nd runway plans. Gatwick’s BIG Enough. Details.
At the Apple Tree Centre, Crawley RH11 0AF.
2.00 pm (doors open 1.00 pm) to 3.30 pm
27th – End of London City Airport consultation on airspace changes are RNAV. Details
3rd – Airports Commission public evidence session on Heathrow.
16th – Airports Commission public evidence session on Gatwick.