Expansion of Heathrow Airport (Third Runway)

The list below includes a record of advice we have provided for this project. For a list of all advice issued by the Planning Inspectorate, including non-project related advice, please go to the Register of advice page.

There is a statutory duty, under section 51 of the Planning Act 2008, to record the advice that is given in relation to an application or a potential application, including the name of the person who requested the advice, and to make this publicly available.

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Enquiry received via email
My question is what is the range of issues that the Planning Inspectorate will consider in the course of the examination of Heathrow's application? Is it just any potential impact, or are is their jurisdiction limited in any way? For example, we would want I am sure to raise issues regarding noise and air quality, compensation for adverse impacts, and compliance with airspace design principles. Would all of these fall within the Planning Inspectorate's jurisdiction? If not, which would?
Firstly, the Examining Authority (ExA) that will be appointed to examine the application for the expansion of Heathrow Airport (Third Runway) will do so in an inquisitorial manner. This means that they are not restricted to only considering what is included in representations made to them. Once an application has been formally submitted and accepted for examination, members of the public will have the opportunity to register to become ‘Interested Parties’ by completing the registration form and submitting a ‘Relevant Representation’; a provisional written representation setting out the key issues they believe the ExA should consider as part of the Examination. Following a review of the issues raised in the suite of Relevant Representations, alongside the contents of the application itself (what is actually being applied for) and the content of the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS), the ExA will prepare it’s ‘Initial Assessment of Principal Issues’ which will then act to frame the six-month Examination period. There will then be further opportunity to expand on those issues/ arguments set out by submitting Written Representations once the Examination formally begins. However, there will not be scope to dispute of the contents of the ANPS/ other policy framework or discuss compensation with regards to Compulsory Acquisition during the Examination. If you register to become an Interested Party, you will be able to raise such issues as noise, air quality and compliance with airspace design principles within your Relevant Representation. As the application is currently anticipated for submission in 2020, I recommend you register for the email update feature (on the right-hand side of the overview page of the project website) to be notified of the registration period when the time comes.

03 May 2019
Raj Parkash
Enquiry received via post
response has attachments
Please see attached letter.
Please see attached response.

03 May 2019
Leigh Day - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting
Please see meeting note attached

15 March 2019
Heathrow Airport Limited - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
I have received a slew of documents, apparently from Heathrow Airport Limited, insisting that I complete a questionnaire and return it to an obscure company which hides behinds the initials WSP. Their website ([attachment 1]) reveals nothing. A Wikipedia page ([attachment 2]) states that they are based in Canada, and have a breathtaking history of mergers and takeovers since 2012, but fails to disclose either the work they do (if any) or their reputation. I am told they will publish my personal data in a "Book of Reference" for public inspection, and that examples may be found on your website. However, they do not say where on your website: and neither your FAQ page nor your search engine have been of any assistance. 1. Please can you point me at something which explains (for the general public) what your understanding of these "books" is? 2. Do you consider it acceptable for a company (Heathrow Airport Ltd.) to insist that UK residents supply personal data to companies outside the European Economic Area (EEA), with NO assurance about data protection? 3. What is your estimation of WSP's reputation, reliability, and trustworthiness? 4. Where would you advise members of the public to check the trustworthiness and probity of companies, whether based in the UK or elsewhere, demanding personal data? 5. Can you clarify to what extent Heathrow Airport is a British company, since the takeover by the Spanish firm Ferrovial, and how this will be affected by Brexit?
By way of background, where a Development Consent Order (DCO) would seek powers of Compulsory Acquisition and/ or Temporary Possession, sections 44, 57 and 59 of the Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) establish that in seeking to identify all land interests and persons who may be entitled to make a relevant claim an applicant must make diligent inquiry. Paragraph 50 of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Planning Act 2008: Guidance on the pre-application process explains (available here: [attachment 3] “It is the applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate at submission of the application that due diligence has been undertaken in identifying all land interests and applicants should make every reasonable effort to ensure that the Book of Reference (which records and categorises those land interests) is up to date at the time of submission.” In this respect, issuing land referencing questionnaires in the format provided by Heathrow Airport Ltd is one of a number of approaches routinely applied by DCO applicants in seeking to identify all land interests and therefore satisfy the due diligence test set out in the PA2008. In consideration of this test, the land referencing process, from an applicant’s perspective, has an important role in the preparation of an application for a DCO which would seek powers of Compulsory Acquisition and/ or Temporary Possession. From the perspective of a person with an interest in the land, volunteering details about their interest(s) in land to a DCO applicant will help to ensure that their interest(s) are reflected accurately in any application, and ensure that their ability to engage in the examination of that application is not compromised. Notwithstanding this, questionnaire recipients are not mandated to volunteer information about their interest(s) in land to a DCO applicant, if they do not wish to do so. Importantly choosing not to volunteer land interest information to a DCO applicant would have no implications for a person’s status and ability to take part in the examination of an application for a DCO, or for any future claims by a person for compensation under the Compulsory Purchase Act 1965; the Land Compensation Act 1973; and/ or s152 of the PA2008. The term ‘Book of Reference’ is defined in Regulation 7 of The Infrastructure Planning (Applications: Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009 (available here: [attachment 4]) and at Annex D of the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Planning Act 2008: guidance related to procedures for the compulsory acquisition of land (available here: [attachment 5]). There are examples of this type of document attached to each relevant live project on the National Infrastructure Planning website, for example: • A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (‘A303 Stonehenge’): [attachment 6] • Thanet Extension Offshore Wind Farm: [attachment 7] Please contact Heathrow Airport Ltd directly with any questions about its (i) status, (ii) data protection policies and (iii) consultants.

12 March 2019
John Hunt
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting with the No Third Runway Coalition to discuss the Planning Act 2008 process.
Please see meeting note.

22 January 2019
No Third Runway Coalition - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see attached note.

30 November 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see meeting note.

13 September 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
I have been asked to research guidance for the Heathrow Local Impact Report.
Statutory guidance on Local Impact Reports (LIR) is comprised within paras 52 to 57 of Planning Act 2008: Guidance for the examination of applications for development consent: [attachment 1]

The Planning Inspectorate has also produced an advice note (Advice Note One) about the production of LIRs: [attachment 2]

All LIRs submitted to historic and live examinations are available to view on the discrete project pages on the National Infrastructure Planning website. Three in particular have been identified by the Inspectorate as good examples, hosted here: [attachment 3]

03 September 2018
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - Holly Campbell
Enquiry received via phone
response has attachments
The enquirer acknowledged that the Royal Parks had not been consulted by the Applicant and raised concerns regarding potential effects to the Longford River.
Thank you for your call with regards to the proposed Expansion of Heathrow Airport (Third Runway) application.

As discussed, the proposed application is currently in the pre-application stage, therefore any comments or queries should be made directly to the Applicant – Heathrow Airport Limited. I also note from the Applicant’s website, accessed via the below link, that further public consultation (‘Heathrow Consultation 2’) is due to take place before formal submission to the Planning Inspectorate:

[attachment 1]

You may wish to sign up for email updates from the Planning Inspectorate, which, amongst other things, will notify you of when the application is formally submitted. This function is available on the overview tab of our project webpage.

Please also find links to our suite of advice notes setting out how to engage once the application has been submitted and has been accepted for Examination by the Planning Inspectorate:

Advice Note Eight: Overview of the nationally significant infrastructure planning process for members of the public and others
[attachment 2]
Advice Note 8.1: Responding to the developer’s pre-application consultation
[attachment 3]
Advice Note 8.2: How to register to participate in an Examination
[attachment 4]
Advice Note 8.3: Influencing how an application is Examined: the Preliminary Meeting
[attachment 5]
Advice Note 8.4: The Examination
[attachment 6]
Note 8.5: The Examination: hearings and site inspections
[attachment 7]

27 July 2018
The Royal Parks - Margaret Blackburn
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

13 July 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via email
The Local Authorities' Aircraft Noise Council (LAANC) submitted a response to the Planning Inspectorate during the 28 day Scoping consultation period for the proposed Expansion of Heathrow Airport (3rd Runway).
Since the LAANC is not a prescribed consultation body the Inspectorate did not include this response within the Secretary of State's Scoping Opinion. The Inspectorate has forwarded this response to the Applicant.

20 June 2018
Local Authorities' Aircraft Noise Council - Colin Stanbury
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Could you let me know the criteria used to identify which local authorities are consulted on matters associated with Heathrow Expansion such as the recent EIA scoping opinion consultation? I have seen the PI FAQ on EIA scoping opinions which defines types A, B, C and D local authorities, but would like further information on how this is applied to these applications.
The criteria used to identify local authorities to be consulted are set out in our Advice Note Three: EIA consultation and notification [attachment 1] and are defined in s43 of the Planning Act 2008. The Planning Inspectorate uses a dedicated GIS system that identifies relevant consultation bodies in accordance with the regulations and our advice.

14 June 2018
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham - Elizabeth Fonseca
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
Could you let me know the criteria used to identify which local authorities are consulted on matters associated with Heathrow Expansion such as the recent EIA scoping opinion consultation? I have seen the PI FAQ on EIA scoping opinions which defines types A, B, C and D local authorities, but would like further information on how this is applied to these applications.
The criteria used to identify local authorities to be consulted are set out in our Advice Note Three: EIA consultation and notification [attachment 1] and are defined in s43 of the Planning Act 2008. The Planning Inspectorate uses a dedicated GIS system that identifies relevant consultation bodies in accordance with the regulations and our advice.

14 June 2018
Elizabeth Fonseca
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Summary of the site visit undertook with the Applicant on 13 June 2018 to view various elements of the Proposed Development.
See attached note.

13 June 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via post
response has attachments
The Planning Inspectorate has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the Expansion of Heathrow Airport (Third Runway) Scoping Process.
Please see attachment.

18 May 2018
anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
Please see attached note.

04 May 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

28 March 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via email
response has attachments
The Transport Committee has just concluded its inquiry into the Airports National Policy Statement. The Report will be published on our website tomorrow Friday 23 March at 00:01.

To briefly explain the “Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning Process”:

The Government publishes a National Policy Statement (NPS). We, the Transport Select Committee, then launched an inquiry into the NPS, asking the public for written evidence. Witnesses were also summoned and based on both sets of evidence, the Committee will publish its Report tomorrow (see link above).

Heathrow Airport runs this consultation independently as part of the overall planning process. They are the individual promoter of the scheme (i.e. expansion) and such have to consult local people about the proposed project. These findings are then submitted by Heathrow Airport to the Planning Inspectorate, who in turn recommend to the Secretary State to either grant or refuse planning permission. It is then up to the Secretary of State (Government) to make a decision.
For the avoidance of doubt, the consultation exercise currently being undertaken by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) is non-statutory. There are important differences between non-statutory and statutory consultation in the Planning Act 2008 (PA2008) process and these are explained in the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note 8.1: [attachment 1]

In respect of your enquiry, if you have not received a satisfactory response from HAL you can contact your local authority. Local authorities have a special role in the PA2008 process which, amongst other things, involves advising potential applicants about preparing for and carrying out community consultation at the Pre-application stage of the process. Your local authority will be able to advise HAL in consideration of any comments you (or anybody else) make to it about the consultation process. More information about the role of local authorities in the PA2008 process is provided in the Planning Inspectorate’s Advice Note Two: [attachment 1]

For more information about statutory community consultation under the PA2008 please see our associated FAQ document: [attachment 3]

26 March 2018
Ian Liddiard
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting
See attached meeting note

27 February 2018
Heathrow Airport Ltd
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Note of presentation to the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee (HACC).
See attached meeting note and presentation.

17 January 2018
Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Note of tripartite meeting between the Planning Inspectorate, Heathrow Airport Ltd and the Civil Aviation Authority.
Please see attached meeting note.

05 December 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd and Civil Aviation Authority - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

05 December 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

29 September 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

26 June 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting to discuss implications for Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre.
See attached meeting note.

21 June 2017
The Home Office - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Note of presentation to the Civil Aviation Authority and airlines, airport tour and project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

27 April 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

10 February 2017
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
The Planning Inspectorate were invited to give a presentation to the HSPG about the Planning Act 2008 process.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

17 January 2017
Heathrow Strategic Planning Group - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

01 December 2016
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Project update meeting.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

26 May 2016
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.
Enquiry received via meeting
response has attachments
Meeting about proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport.
See attached meeting note.

This meeting note was originally published (and remains published) on the general register of advice: [attachment 1]

15 October 2014
Heathrow Airport Ltd - anon.