Gatwick Route 4 change!

14 January 2020


If the CAA’s decision is enacted, it will severely impact communities outside the Noise Preferential Route swathe from Beare Green, parts of Coldharbour through the Holmwoods and Leigh. Communities from Brockham and Betchworth to South Reigate and Redhill, including East Surrey Hospital will be affected.

You can read the report and respond to the consultation here:

Implications of the report:

If this decision is confirmed following the short consultation period, Route 4, which is the busiest Gatwick departure route, with over 3,000 departures a month, will move 1,000m north of its current position and close to areas already affected by Route 3 and Heathrow aircraft. Gatwick intend making this major airspace change with minimal consultation.

However, the conclusion of this PIR is based on numerous errors and misinterpretation of data. We have a number of objections and are the reviewing the potential grounds for contesting the decision with our lawyers.

To avoid a return to this misery, we need your help.

Respond to the consultation

Respond to the consultation by 3rd February – voice your own objections and don't accept major change without consultation! We also recommend contacting your local MPs and representatives.

Further information on how to respond will be available at over the next few days.


We have not undertaken any fundraising since our initial call when we established Plane Wrong in November 2014. Legal advice is costly and legal action will require significant financial resources and so we are now asking for donations.

Time is limited and quick decisions will be needed. So we need to raise funds now to be sure that we can act as necessary. We would be grateful for pledges as well as donations.

You can do this by sending a Cheque to our Treasurer, through online banking or via Paypal. Click here for details on how to donate.


Many people may be under the impression that the issues on Route 4 have been resolved, or may have recently moved into the area. We need to raise awareness of this likely change and the impact it will have on our communities. We are asking for volunteers to deliver leaflets to those communities that will be affected. Please let us know by emailing if you are able to help.

Please also do pass this information onto neighbours to help spread the word.

Public Meeting -Thursday 23rd January, 7.30pm

A newsletter is too short to explain the nuances and details of the issues with the CAA decision. To help our supporters understand more and to help answer questions we will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm at Betchworth Village Hall. Please do join us and let your neighbours know.

Thanks again for your continued support and sorry to bring such disappointing news

On behalf of the Committee

Ed Winter

Our mailing address is:

Tree Cottage, Redlands,
South Holmwood,
Dorking, Surrey RH5 4LE


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