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Fears as more flights over Harrow to RAF Northolt announced
Concerns about noise from planes flying over Harrow have been raised after plans to increase the number of flights from a nearby RAF base were approved.
RAF Northolt has been given government permission to increase the number of flights for commercial use from 7,000 per year to 12,000 over the next three years.
Gareth Thomas MP and Labour councillors have raised concerns about lack of consultation over the plans for the base, which has a flight path over Harrow.
There are worries over the impact of the increased number of flights and the impact it will have on noise and pollution, particularly in the Greenhill, Roxeth, Marlborough and Rayners Lane wards.
Cllr Graham Henson, said: “I am disgusted by the manner in which the Tory-led Government has increased commercial flights from this base.
“There has been zero consultation with local councillors, MPs, or London Assembly Members in Harrow about expanding the air base.
“The Government did not talk to local residents, businesses or councillors about the expansion; they have simply imposed the changes regardless of the impact on the local community.”
Harrow West MP Mr Thomas raised the issue in the House of Commons asking Phllip Dunne MP, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology.
Mr Thomas asked whether any impact assessment of any increase in the number of flights had been carried out and whether there was a potential increase in pollution as a result.
In response Mr Dunne said: “The proposed increase in the number of civilian commercial movements is within existing limits no new assessment of the potential increase in pollution was undertaken.
“A full environmental noise survey was conducted in 1996; ad hoc assessments have been carried out during the intervening period and a further environmental noise survey is planned later this year.”
During the parliamentary questions Mr Dunne also revealed the estimated extra revenue the Ministry of Defence will receive from the flights over the next three years is approximately £8million.
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