New Economics Foundation

Help anti-airport expansion campaigns take off

NEF will support communities to challenge airport expansions with expert economic and environmental analysis exposing their true costs, while showing how planning guidance should be updated in line with national climate change targets.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1055254)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Despite the urgent need to cut carbon emissions, 8 UK airport expansions are underway, with more in the pipeline. These will lock us into fossil fuels for decades and divert investment away from lower carbon alternatives. The planning process ignores national carbon targets and applications inflate economic benefits. But the affected communities challenging expansions can’t compete with the corporate legal teams and consultants the developers hire, often leaving these claims unchallenged.


Communities are coming to NEF for help in their David v Goliath battles. Our analysis has already helped to cancel the Leeds Bradford Airport expansion. But more groups are asking than we have resources to support. We want to: - Support challenges with analysis and expert testimony - Expose the real costs of high carbon projects to society and the environment while providing alternative investment options - Show how government planning guidance should be updated in light of climate commitments

  • We are a small community group who will be fighting the airport owners and the council at the public inquiry. NEF analysis has exposed the myth of 'economic benefits' and shown the real impact. It's crucial that we can rely on NEF’s continued support for more analysis and testimony at the inquiry.

    — Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport

  • NEF's advice was critical to our response to Gatwick’s expansion consultation. NEF's analysis allowed us to challenge, in a quantified and evidence-based way, assertions made about employment and economic benefits. In particular NEF identified errors and omissions in reporting climate change costs.

    — Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

  • NEF is regarded by community and campaign groups as an essential source of expertise, able to understand how misleading representations are constructed, and to challenge them in the context of the wider economic context which takes account of the costs and impacts of flying as well as its benefits.

    — LADACAN (community group which represents people who are affected by Luton Airport)