39 Essex Chambers barristers John Steel QC and James Potts are acting for the representative claimant in a judicial review launched against the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) concerning Gatwick Airport. The claim challenges the CAA’s classification of airspace changes and its interpretation of when its duties arise to carry out the Secretary of State’s Airspace Change Process under the Civil Aviation Authority (Air Navigation) Directions 2001.
The claim is brought by Martin Barraud, a resident of Penshurst in Kent and Chairman of the action group ‘Gatwick Obviously Not’, which is campaigning against airspace changes to inbound aircraft into Gatwick. Gatwick now concentrates inbound aircraft from the south east into a narrow swathe which more than doubles the frequency of low level planes over Tunbridge Wells and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Kent.
Mr Barraud claims that the introduction of the changes without consultation was unlawful and that the CAA has wrongly adopted a narrow construction of its duties to ensure that consultation takes place.
Mr Barraud has the support of several local groups, including High Weald Councils Aviation Action Group, Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, AirportWatch, East Sussex Communities for Control of Air Noise, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions – East, Pulborough Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions, and Tunbridge Wells Action Group.