Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham*

Although the new runway is to the north-west of the airport, we need to make changes to the east and south-east as well. We need to find space for some of the things we are moving to accommodate the new runway.

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What happens in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham

There will be opportunities for new hotels, industrial and office space. Our plans also include enhancement to existing public open space in Cranford Park and the Crane Valley.

One of things we need to move to make space for the new runway is the Home Office’s Immigration Removal Centre. We have worked with the Home Office and Hounslow council and we are now proposing land at Faggs Road for the Centre. We have also considered land at Mayfield Farm and that remains an option. We prefer Faggs Road because it has good public transport, is close to the airport gate and doesn’t conflict with Hounslow’s long-term plans for mixed use development at Mayfield Farm.

At Hatton Cross we are proposing new hotels and offices. We will also invest in the green spaces around the River Crane, which will include the Green Loop recreational route that will run around the airport.

Things we’ve changed after listening to you

  • We have worked with the Home Office to identify a preferred location for the Immigration Removal Centre at Faggs Road.
  • We are providing more detail on the changes we intend to make within the existing airport boundary, in particular the maintenance area; the car parks at the ends of the existing runways and around Hatton Cross.
  • The Green Loop responds to requests for better walking and cycling routes.



Expanding Heathrow is more than building a new runway – we also need to build facilities for passengers, make changes to roads and car parks, and relocate some of the existing airport infrastructure.

Over the past two years we have engaged with and considered the views of over 1,000 stakeholders and our local community to help develop our preferred scheme. Over time, our new runway will increase our flights from 480,000 to just over 750,000 per year. About 80 million people fly with us each year today. This will increase to about 142 million. We will also double the amount of cargo we can handle.

As part of our application to expand Heathrow, we propose that some of the extra flights, which could be up to 25,000 additional flights per year, are introduced early on our existing two runways prior to our proposed third runway being brought into operation.

The map below shows the key features of the new airport when we have finished building. On Local overview – How we will build it we show the steps we will take to get there.

We want to finish the runway as soon as possible. If we get permission, we are aiming to complete it by the end of 2026. When the runway is open we will have finished most of the work closest to communities. Most work after that will be inside the new airport boundary. The main works outside the new airport boundary will be to Stanwell Moor Junction, the southern parkway, and the northern parkway.

Air quality – Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham

The expanded airport will be designed to reduce emissions and our plans include ways to manage:

  • The way that people travel to the airport by
  • increasing the use of public transport.
  • The use of cleaner, more sustainable vehicles.
  • Emissions from older, more polluting cars by introducing a Heathrow Ultra Low Emission Zone to charge these vehicles to access the airport.

During construction, air quality in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham may be affected by dust and vehicle emissions.

We will monitor these sites, but if you notice dust or smells please let us know.

There will be increases in pollutant levels associated with expanding the airport, but these are not considered to be significant. Levels of all pollutants will be within the levels set by the Government to protect health.

The smell of aviation fuel may be noticeable at locations closest to the airport during certain weather conditions.

For more detail on air quality, please see Local overview – Air quality.

Noise in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham

A larger Heathrow will mean some local communities will hear more noise from construction activities, from aircraft on the ground and in the air, and from local roads.

We will implement a range of measures to reduce the effects on the local community.

Construction noise

The noise effects of constructing the expanded airport are not likely to be experienced by the Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham communities. The construction activity is primarily taking place further away to the west and no significant noise effects from construction work are anticipated.

Road noise

Noise from the amended Perimeter Road is likely to be experienced by nearby residents. We will review the need for noise insulation, screening and very low noise road surfacing as part of the Environmental Statement to reduce noise further.

Aircraft noise

The impact of aircraft noise will be different in different parts of this area.

  • Cranford: Cranford currently has flights overhead when the existing northern runway is used by arriving flights on westerly operations. The runway is not currently used for departures when on easterly operations because of the legacy of the “Cranford Agreement” which means we do not provide runway alternation on easterly operations. Before the new runway opens we are planning to introduce runway alternation on easterly operations this will mean departures from the existing northern runway over Cranford.
  • Hatton and North Feltham: Hatton and North Feltham are currently overflown by arriving and departing aircraft using the southern runway and will continue to be so.

Ground noise

There will also be noise on the ground from aircraft moving around the airport and from their maintenance and testing.

Ground noise is likely to be experienced across part of the community closest to the existing airport boundary in Cranford.

To reduce ground noise, we are proposing noise barriers around the airport.

Reducing noise effects

We have a number of proposals and plans in place to reduce these noise effects, which are described within Local overview – Reducing noise effects.

Noise insulation may be provided to eligible community buildings that are likely to be affected by noise in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham.

Further information

For further information on how we have assessed noise see the PEIR, Volume 1, Chapter 17: Noise and Vibration, Section 17.11. For more information on our proposals, please see section 5 of the Airport Expansion Consultation Document and the Future Runway Operations document.

Runway use to control noise

How we run our three-runway airport in the future will be key to controlling aircraft noise in local communities. Alternating runways will provide respite from aircraft noise.

Choosing which runway is being used for take off and landing and when aircraft arrive and depart during the night are the main ways we can control noise:

Runway alternation

We are proposing that we change how we use the runways at either 2pm or 3pm everyday.

The runway alternation patterns will repeat every four days (so day five will have the same pattern as day one). See images below.

Night flights

We propose to introduce a ban on scheduled night flights of 6.5 hours between 11pm and 5:30am.

Our proposals ensure that, in normal operations, Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham can expect at least 7 hours when aircraft will not be flying overhead between 10pm and 7am every night.

Also, if you are overflown in the late evening (after 11pm) you will not be overflown in the morning (before 6am).

What will this be like in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham?

The illustrations below show what this would mean in the future, compared to today, for daytime and night-time respite in Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham over a 4 day period. The green colours show periods of respite, and the orange colours show periods of direct overflight.

Whether Cranford, Hatton and North Feltham gets noise from planes overhead will depend on the direction of the planes (heading east or west) and which “mode” the southern runway is being used in. The modes are landings only, departures only or “mixed- mode” (both landings and departures).

The patterns will be different for Cranford (which is closest to the existing northern runway) and Hatton and North Feltham (which are closest to the existing southern runway).

For example, when planes are taking off to the west (and landing from the east):

  • Cranford will not get noise overhead when the northern runway is being used for departures. It will get noise when it is being used for landings.
  • Hatton and North Feltham will not get noise overhead when the southern runway is being used for departures. They will get noise when it is being used for arrivals or in mixed-mode.

When planes are taking off to the east (and landing from the west):

  • Cranford will not get noise overhead when the northern runway is being used for landings, and will get noise when it is being used for departures or in mixed-mode.
  • Hatton and North Feltham will not get noise overhead when the southern runway is being used for landings, and will get noise when it is being used for departures or in mixed-mode.

For more information on our proposals please see Future Runway Operations and the Future Runway Operations document.

Communities E - Cranford and South Heston
* Heathrow has committed to introducing easterly alternation regardless of Heathrow expansion
Communities F – Hatton and Feltham

Events and more information

Please also see the related local area overview pages for more information:

  • During this consultation we are also hosting 43 events. To find an event near you, visit Events.

Have your say

Our Heathrow Expansion and Your Area documents set out our development proposals, their potential effects and how we propose to reduce them.

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