recommendations by technical panels set up by the Department for Transport. The studies are extremely detailed and technical. They have been peer reviewed, and an overarching report has been prepared on ‘demonstrating confidence’. They suggest that the constraints above can be overcome.
However the studies are based on a range of assumptions, some of which are very uncertain. They also assume significant improvements in other sectors as a way of balancing out the negative impacts of aviation: some of these improvements may not fully take place. We believe Government would be failing in its duty to protect communities from harmful levels of pollutants unless it can demonstrate not only how it will ensure that the necessary measures are in place to comply with the air quality Directive limit values, but also how it will ensure compliance within the projected margins of error in the projections. Any improvements in noise and air quality should be used to improve people’s quality of life rather than permitting more aircraft to fly from Heathrow.
Furthermore, compliance with the relevant noise and local air quality safeguards needs to be made at each phase of Heathrow’s proposed development. It is insufficient to look at projected operations in 2030 without considering whether there is compliance at regular intervals.
This consultation response considers, in turn:
air pollution impacts
where BAA ends and Government begins.