The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has warned the government against making a ‘gross error of judgement’ by not assessing the potential impacts of noise pollution on residents before continuing with the Heathrow expansion.

The Royal Borough council, which covers Prime Minister Theresa May’s consituency of Maidenhead, is in vehement opposition of the development and are one of a collection of authorities mounting a legal challenge against the government to try and block the plans.

Earlier this month the Civil Aviation Authority published a map showing Windsor and Maidenhead to be at the centre of an expected increase in both noise and air pollution and RBWM has responded by insisting the problem is addressed by both Heathrow and the government.

A spokeswoman from the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead said: “Our residents suffer greatly from noise caused by Heathrow Airport. In August this year we wrote to the CCA regarding our concerns about airspace impacts, ahead of forthcoming proposals for a third runway at Heathrow.

“This response highlighted the lack of any meaningful attempt by the government or Heathrow Airport to address the correct mechanisms for modelling air quality, surface access and noise impacts – including how the airport intends to achieve the increase in public transport uptake stated and where exactly the new flightpaths would be.

“We believe it would be a gross error of judgement for any airspace change/strategy to not include the impacts of noise on health. The governments airspace strategy (against which changes are assessed) should therefore be promoting more research into the effects of noise on health and should as a minimum give recognition to the many WHO documents on the impacts of aircraft noise on health.

“Both residential and business communities require certainty in order to make decisions on where to live and work, based on legitimate expectations surrounding where noise & pollution impacts will be located.”