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Waltham Forest says no to noise ghetto, plane and simple

City Airport’s plans for expansion have failed to wane in spite of the Mayor of London refusing permission and local opposition sounding a clear ‘No!’ to the extra noise that further flights would create.

Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Clyde Loakes, is spearheading the campaign to see the appeal thrown out in recognition of the strength of feeling in the local communities around the airport and under the flight paths leading to and from it.

“Our residents have told us in no uncertain terms that even more flights will bring about unacceptable levels of noise and yet ironically that message falls on deaf ears when it is imparted to City Airport,” said Cllr Loakes.

“They just don’t want to know and in all our dealings with them over both expansion and flight paths, we have found they have only a limited interest in engaging with local people on what will have a real impact on the quality of their lives. Our residents simply don’t want a noise ghetto on their doorsteps.”

Expansion would see passenger numbers double over the next eight years, with over 40,000 more take-offs and landings at the airport every year and larger noisier planes allowed to thunder in and out of what is currently a minor London airport.

In throwing out plans for the expansion back in March, the Mayor of London said the expansion would cause an, “unacceptable increase in noise for east Londoners” and it, “would not be for the greater benefit of the city.”

Rather than accepting the verdict, City Airport appealed to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, in an effort to preserve their business plan that would see take-offs and landings increase to 111,000 per annum.

Cllr Loakes recently wrote to local community groups reassuring them that the council was doing everything it could to liaise with neighbouring authorities, the Greater London Authority and the Planning Inspectorate to ensure a consistent approach.

“When we have finalised our representations to the Planning Inspectorate, I will be writing again to local community groups to share our response,” said Cllr Loakes. “I hope it will be helpful to anyone looking to make their own representations to the inquiry. It’s important that everyone with a vested interest strongly reiterates their opposition to the expansion and the negative impact it will have on local communities.”


  • Anyone wishing to make a representation to the Planning Inspectorate should ensure they send their comments by 27 November quoting the appeal reference: APP/G5750/W/15/3035673. Representations can be made in writing to Leanne Palmer, Major Casework, Planning Inspectorate, 3/26 Hawk Wing, TQH, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN or emailed to

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