Aircraft movements affecting Buckland

Buckland is currently affected by four principal flight paths as follows:

  • Aircraft with routes to the east of Gatwick Airport (LGW) but which depart on a westerly heading (Runway 26L departures), turn right after take off through 180 degrees and fly due east to continue their journey. This route takes them over swathe of Surrey between Norwood Hill to the south and Leigh to the north depending on the tightness of the initial turn.  This is known as Route 4.
  • Aircraft with routes to the west of LGW but which depart on an easterly heading (Runway 08R departures), turn left after take off through 180 degrees and fly due west to continue their journey. This route takes them over a swathe of Surrey between Leigh to the south and Buckland to the north depending on the tightness of the initial turn.  This is known as Route 3.
  • Aircraft arriving at Heathrow (LHR) are sometimes directed into the Ockham Stack which they join over the beacon near Ripley and immediately turn to the north to begin a circuit of the stack. They then fly in a straight line for 1 minute before turning to the right back towards Ockham.  The most south easterly point of the turn is in the skies above Headley.  (This is to change and aircraft will in future fly for 5 nautical miles before turning over Headley which will have the effect of more closely defining the point at which all aircraft begin to turn.)
  • The third route is aircraft departing from LHR and flying south over the North Downs towards Brighton. These aircraft fly below 6,000 ft which is lower than they could otherwise do if it were not for avoiding any aircraft in the Ockham stack.

Whilst Buckland is not as seriously impacted by aircraft noise as some Surrey residents, who find themselves permanently under a flight path and over flown by low altitude aircraft, Buckland Parish Council (“Council”) continues to monitor developments.

Council is a parish council member of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (“GACC“) and relies upon GACC for advice and notifications of developments in the air industry that relate to LGW.  GACC does not address issues concerning LHR.

In December 2019 Council attended the annual public meeting of the Gatwick Noise Management Board. To view the papers presented to the December meeting click here.

On Thursday 18th October 2018, Gatwick Airport published its 2018 Draft Masterplan which included details of the proposal for utilising the emergency northern runway as a full operational runway.

Vinci Group became the new majority owner of Gatwick Airport Ltd (“GAL”) on 14th May 2019 and, two months later announced plans to grow the airport’s capacity by between 20% and 50% over the next ten to twelve years. Their plans involve the use of new technology on the main runway and will require a re-alignment and widening of the existing runway to bring it into use as a second runway.

At the recent GACC AGM, attendees were advised GACC is currently liaising with local planning authorities to establish whether GAL can be challenged on their claim planning permission is not required for much of the proposed development. Click here to view the GACC summary of key issues that was displayed at its 2019 AGM.

Future changes in the airspace in Southeast England are possible, especially with the development of a third runway at LHR, about which there will be other consultations as yet to be published.  Council continues to monitor developments with the intention of submitting responses to relevant consultations.

Should you be affected by noise there are two sites you can use to monitor aircraft movements, identify specific aircraft and register a noise complaint – click Gatwick or Heathrow. On 1st April 2019 Gatwick reintroduced the option of calling 01293 311568 to register a complaint and also publicised links to submit an online complaint via PC or mobile.