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Aircraft movements affecting Buckland

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

Whilst Buckland residents are not currently 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.

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. Gatwick provide the option of calling 01293 311568 to register a complaint or submitting an online complaint via PC or mobile.

Future changes in the airspace in Southeast England are expected, especially if the development of a third runway at LHR proceeds, 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.

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) – Development Proposals

Latest Update – 28th February 2024 : Buckland Parish Council registered with PINS to ensure representations could be submitted as the DCO application progresses and, on 28th February 2024, Buckland Parish Councillor Ianthe Cox spoke to set out the parish council’s concerns about the DCO application at a public hearing.

Scroll down to learn more about the steps that have already been taken to reach this point:


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. In July 2019 Vinci Group, GAL’s majority owner, announced its plans to grow the airport’s capacity by between 20% and 50% over the next ten to twelve years by harnessing of new technology on the main runway and repurposing its emergency runway.

Notwithstanding the immediate and likely longer-term fall in demand for the airport’s services, GAL, having factored in the time management believe it will take to gain the necessary approvals, construct and start operations held a consultation on its plans during the autumn on 2021. A copy of the Buckland Parish Council submission to this consultation is available to download.

In 2023, GAL submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), seeking permission to increase capacity of the airport by bringing the airport’s emergency runway into routine use. Visit the Gatwick Airport section of the PINS website to learn more about the DCO application process and to understand the current status of this application.

Visit the GACC website for latest news on all matters relating to Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC)

Council is a parish council member of GACC and relies upon GACC for advice and notifications of developments in the air industry that could have an impact on operations at Gatwick airport.  

GACC has expressed its belief that the Covid-19 pandemic provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a greener, cleaner, less noisy, more responsible and better regulated aviation industry and advised it was working with a range of national groups to try to ensure community and environmental views are heard and fully considered as aviation restarted.

GACC has since expressed disappointment that GAL had not withdrawn what GACC considers to be unnecessary and damaging expansion proposals. GACC is committed to opposing GAL’s expansion proposals at every opportunity. GACC does not address issues specific to London Heathrow Airport.

GACC invites all local residents to consider joining GACC to help protect the interests of communities around the airport and under flight paths.