Wednesday, 21 December 2016


View details on page 29 of >Sites Consultation 2016 - Green Belt Assessment 
See Conservation Society response >NCS response Dec 2016

Additional sites were submitted by developers too late for consideration in the 2016 Consultation and has now led to a new 'Garden Village' vision being agreed;      
See >TDC Garden Village strategy - March 2017

Five 'Garden Village' sites are being assessed by TDC under their Local Plan which includes the Redhill Aerodrome site   see >Five sites being assessed  .

Monday, 12 September 2016


       Access PETITION-route-3-aircraft-noise 

We continue opposition to Gatwick route 3 which directs planes over Nutfield at heights below 4000ft. See below the CAA record showing the altitudes of aircraft flying over the village on this route during 2013 and 2014. This shows during these years 50% of aircraft flew below 4000ft.      
See the NCS submission made to the Civil Aviation Authority requesting a full review regarding the changes made to this route following the implementation of RNAV technology Route 3 CAA Submission - November 2016


See also a response from The Dept of Transport regarding a planned reduction in costs for Gatwick night flights which will undoubtedly lead to an increased volume of these flights VIEW: Dept of Transport response - LGW Night Flights

Saturday, 5 March 2016


See latest statements from Tandridge Council   > Update on TDC preparation of Local Plan
Note approach to build 4500 houses on Green Belt > See Redhill Aerodrome project

Earlier this year the Society carried out a review of the >Issues & Approaches document issued by Tandridge under the Regulation 18 Consultation see >NCS letter Feb 2016
The Society had particular concerns regarding the methodology being used to reclassify Green Belt within the area and our submission focused on these concerns.

We are now reviewing the revised Sites document forming the current consultation which commenced on 4th November 2016.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

BIGGIN HILL - proposed changes to flightpaths

Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA) operates, almost exclusively, on two runways designated Rwy 21 and Rwy 03 (typically they are opposite ends of the same strip). The main factor to designate runway use is wind direction. Rwy 21 requires arrival and departures to operate on a south westerly track. Rwy 03 on a north easterly track.
The proposal for change concerns only Rwy 03 arrivals and is predicated on a move to Instrument Approach Procedures (IAP’s)
Currently aircraft using Rwy 03 to land arrive from the north, fly over the airport, circle and then turn north east to land. The proposal is for aircraft on IAP’s to approach from the north then head west, turn to the east travel along the M25 corridor and turn  north east on the final descent to LBHA.
The current system operates in the M25 corridor entirely north of the motorway. The proposed system will bring aircraft to the south of the M25 (at about 2,000ft) and thus be flying over communities not currently so affected (including Nutfield Parish). 
See >Biggin Hill proposed route changes   Red = existing flightpath   Black = proposed route 

Air traffic at Biggin Hill is currently on the increase though actual runway use is dependent on wind direction.
The proposal documents indicate that Rwy 03 operates for approximately 35% of the year. Actual arrival figures for Rwy 03 have varied over the last five years between 869 (2010) and 336 (2014).
The Conservation Society are studying the implications and will be submitting a response to the consultation which is open until February 2016.

We trust this very brief guide will be of assistance, the proposal documents may be found via Biggin Hill Airport website –     

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Mercers South - Plans approved by Surrey Council TA/2014/1799

UPDATE (1st August 2016)
A planning decision is awaited regarding a further application by J&J Franks to remodel Glebe Lake involving a reduction in depth by several metres which will reduce the flood risk to nearby properties resulting from the removal of sand aggregate from the land adjacent to the lake..

At the planning meeting in June, Surrey Council dismissed the various concerns raised regarding water management at the Mercers South site on Nutfield Marsh where development by J&J Franks is expected to commence in 2017.
Given the nearby landfill history the Society remain concerned regarding the possible pollution of aquifers and contamination of the local water supply and these concerns are shared by Sutton and East Surrey Water Authority who objected at the planning meeting when they expressed the following views:
1. De-watering at the quarry will lower groundwater levels in the area and potentially affect abstraction from local boreholes.
2. Post-development, a 7.5ha catchment from Glebe Lake will be diverted into Brewer Street Brook via a ditch; this will reduce infiltration into the ground.
3. It is unclear in the Long Term Water Management Monitoring Plan whether the applicant will be required to use subsoil which does not change the permeability of the ground compared to pre-development.
4. It is unclear whether ground levels will be returned to pre-development levels. Any reduction in ground levels would increase the risk of contamination to the aquifer.
5. Consideration needs to be given to the impact of using 'The Moors' as a flood alleviation scheme for Redhill Brook, in combination with the proposed drainage plans and dewatering operations for Mercers South.
In May 2015, the Society reiterated concerns regarding the perceived flood risk due to the proximity of Glebe Lake and the increased risk of damage to local aquifers resulting from the proposed mining activity: see >Objections to Flood Management Plan

Despite concerns raised regarding the likely deterioration in local air quality at the Mercers South site: see >Concerns regarding Dust Management, Surrey Council approved the Plan proposed by the developers: see >Decision on Dust Plan/Monitoring (DMMP)

The Society has raised both the above concerns at a meeting with Sam Gyimah MP who will be taking these up with Surrey Council to ensure robust monitoring takes place regarding local water extraction and air quality and that these remain within National standards.

Airport Commission Final Report recommends Heathrow option

The Commission’s analysis shows that expanded airport capacity is crucial for the UK’s long-term prosperity. While each of the 3 schemes shortlisted was considered a credible option for expansion, the Commission has unanimously concluded that the proposal for a new northwest runway at Heathrow Airport, combined with a significant package of measures to address its environmental and community impacts, presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050.
View > Howard Davies statement on Airport commission Final Report

Sunday, 21 December 2014

GATWICK AIRCRAFT overflying Nutfield

Nutfield Parish is overflown by both Gatwick and Heathrow operations. 
The flights which have the greatest environmental impact on the parish are departures from Gatwick and we thought it may be helpful to provide some detail of the routes which have developed over the past 3 years, following the use of GPSstyle navigation equipment (P-RNav).

The Gatwick runway is orientated east/west. Direction of take-off is mainly based on wind speed. There are nine designated departure routes and we refer below to the two routes which affect Nutfield parish.

Route 3 is used when aircraft are taking off from the eastern end of the runway. The aircraft head east to the A22 before commencing an arched turn north and west, passing over South Nutfield and heading west to their destination. This is probably the most intrusive route for many residents. The aircraft height range is typically 3000 to 4000ft. although, on some occasions, large aircraft have been recorded passing over below 3000ft.

Route 4 is operated when aircraft are taking off from the western end of the runway. They head west to the A24 and complete an arched turn north and east before passing over south of the village. This route is probably less intrusive for the majority of residents. Whilst most of these flights pass over south of the village, some are routed further north before reaching South Nutfield.  In general, flights on this route (4) are at a higher altitude when passing near to the village (usually in excess of 5,000ft).

In addition to Gatwick departures, the airspace over Nutfield Parish is also constantly busy with flights from other international airports including Heathrow. These flights are at much higher altitudes usually well over 10,000ft. Nevertheless some do also cause noise intrusion.

Nutfield Conservation Society completed an objection under the original consultation earlier this year South East Consultation response and have since written direct to the CAA with concerns NCS letter to CAA dated Dec 2014
The Society has also completed a response under the
Airports Commission Consultation - Runway Capacity Jan 2015.