Why we’re campaigning

The Climate Crisis means we must all fly less. The expansion of Southampton airport flies in the face of common sense.

UPDATE: New consultation deadline of 15 Nov 2020.

We are reviewing the new documents and will soon post an exemplar response relevant to the new information provided by the airport.

If you want to join our next meeting Wed 28 Oct 7.30pm via Zoom, please do get in touch via email or social media. We need more active members and representation from the Eastleigh area in particular.

Thank you for all your support.

What can you do?

1) Object to Eastleigh Borough Council

**NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE**: Object to Southampton Airport’s Planning Application to the expansion by 15 November. You don’t need to live in Eastleigh!

Here’s a summary of issues to help with your objection. 

If you have already objected there is no need to repeat your original objection, but you may want to comment on the new information, for example the large numbers of people to be exposed to noise at 51dB, that the economic case is still weak, the mitigation to the climate change is not significant, or that you are concerned by the data on air pollution.

2) Email Southampton City Council

Please also email planning@southampton.gov.uk to ask Southampton City Council to continue to object to the application. Put reference in the subject line: 20/00943/CONSUL airport expansion; re-consultation. OK to do this if you live, work or study in Southampton – put the appropriate address in your email. Best to explain why the development would affect your enjoyment of the City Southamptoneven if you are just a regular visitor.

It is important that the City Council continues to oppose airport expansion. It would be helpful if you can email City Councillors individually or (if you’re short of time) copy them (and your MP) into your objection to planning. City Councillors emails here .

It is vital that all ruling Labour Group Councillors oppose expansion.

3) Write to Eastleigh Councillors and MPs

If you live in Eastleigh Borough, from now until the Eastleigh planning meeting (September/October) write to your Eastleigh Borough Councillors & local MPs asking them to refuse the expansion.

We’ve written a template you can use. Find it here, where you can also find helpful links to find your representatives’ contact details.

4) If you are affected by airport noise, make a noise complaint

If you live near a flight path and are bothered by the noise of planes flying overheard please email “Noise complaints” at SOUNoiseComplaints@southamptonairport.com. You can do this every time a plane bothers you and they have to log it!

5) Get involved

The Airport Expansion Opposition (AXO) campaign is run by Friends of the Earth Southampton and partnered by other groups including Extinction Rebellion Southampton.

Join us at our next meeting to find out how you can get involved. Visit our Facebook page or email us at aXoSOU@gmail.com for more info.

Don’t forget to share the campaign with friends, family and neighbours too!


– Celebrate some successes!

Visit our blog to read and join in on the celebration of the successes of the AXO campaign so far.

– Be mischievous!

Send your work to aXoSOU@gmail.com.

Blog Posts

Airport will greenwash under 1% of CO2

1.11.106 (Amended Non-Technical Summary) “The majority of emissions are expected to be produced during operation, with the additional flights to and from Southampton International Airport due to the proposed development making up 99.64% of total emissions attributable to the Proposed Development.” Environmental Statement Addendum page 1.51 “Aviation emissions are excluded from the quoted UK GovernmentContinue reading “Airport will greenwash under 1% of CO2”

Eastleigh Economy

Dear Councillor, We appreciate that you will want to make up your own mind after reading all the material in the revised application.  We have spent many hours looking through the material and don’t envy you in your commitment to appropriate scrutiny of the evidence. However we thought that you might appreciate just a few quotes taken fromContinue reading “Eastleigh Economy”

Why has Eastleigh extended its consultation?

It many ways this is well done Eastleigh Borough Council! The background. The public consultation that finished on 10th August was on a re-submitted planning application. Some chapters and their appendices had been changed from those originally submitted in November 2019. One key chapter revised was Chapter 7 on air quality. However the appendices containingContinue reading “Why has Eastleigh extended its consultation?”

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