Already, air traffic causes over a tenth of the UK’s contribution to climate change. Planes are disrupting the tranquillity of the countryside and disturbing the lives of thousands. Airports are becoming magnets for big car parks and sprawling developments that eat into the surrounding countryside.
In 2010, CPRE and other groups mounted a successful legal challenge to the Government's January 2009 decision to give the green light to a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow. Although expansion of Heathrow is now off the table, it is being considered at other airports.