The noise of aircraft taking off from Gatwick Airport constantly affects us. We are situated on the western edge of Lambourne 26, a Noise Preferential Route (NPR) established in the 1960's, which is a 3 km wide path that aircraft use when taking off in a westerly direction and then turning 180 degrees to travel east. Aircraft can stray from this swathe and all should be reported preferably with date, time and operator airline.

Contraversially the route was changed so that planes fly much closer to Coldharbour outside of the NPR. Following a long campagin spearheaded by PlaneWrong the route was moved back to its original position on May 26th 2016.

Gatwick Airport Ltd operates a online facility for complaints, please follow the following steps:

    1. Note exact time of aircraft. 
    2. Ask for written reply. If appropriate, ask for a print out of the aircraft track, and details of its height over your house.
    3. If told aircraft did not exceed noise limits, point out that the monitors do not detect all infringements because not all aircraft fly over them. Nor, probably, are the monitors near your house (they are about a mile from the end of the runway).
    4. If told that the matter will be taken up with the airline, or with Air Traffic Control, or with some airport committee, insist on seeing response or action from that body.
    5. If still dissatisfied, write to your MP. Copy to GACC please.
    6. You may also like to visit the airport web site:
The flight tracker enables you to see the track of each aircraft, after a 20 minute delay. But be sure to register your complaint.

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign web-site has been fighting airport expansion since the 1960's. GACC's response to the recently published airport master plan can be found here.

Here is a link to their latest Newsletter and a factfile regarding the current campaign for a 2nd runway at Gatwick.