Campaigners who have applied for judicial review into the Heathrow Airport expansion say the aircraft noise will be “the most dominating thing in their whole lives.”

Plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport were approved in June after the government voted in favour of the £14billion expansion.

But environmental charities Plan B and Friends of the Earth, as well as a number of local authorities, have applied for judicial reviews into the expansion on the grounds that it will have a significant effect on air quality and climate change.

They also claim the expansion is unlawful because there was an inadequate environmental assessment of the plans and a flawed consultation process that did not properly assess the impact the third runway would have.

Many residents of HACAN live in Leytonstone, Leyton and Wanstead and if the third runway is build could suffer from severe noise pollution with at least 700 more planes a day flying in and out of Heathrow.

John Stewart, chairman of HACAN, a group campaigning against the expansion said “For those people who are affected by the air noise it will be the most dominant thing in their whole lives.

“When they go home and shut the door, the aircraft noise will be like a shadow following them around wherever they go.

“If people are affected by it they won’t be able to shut it out. A third runway would mean that that ‘noise shadow’ would be all the more loud, annoying and disturbing.”

He added: “It is very difficult to predict what will happen with the proposed judicial reviews.”

The consortium of local authorities which applied for the judicial review include the London boroughs of Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Richmond, Hammersmith and Fulham, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead together with Greenpeace and the Mayor of London.

But Mr Stewart said: “I think the Department for Transport (DfT) will expect legal challenges and will try to make the opposition as sound-proof as possible.”

The Heathrow Hub, which has also applied for a judicial review into the expansion, are proposing that the airports northern runway is extended to around 6,650 metres instead of adding a third runway.

The group is not applying with an environmental challenge but instead have said that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling selected the most expensive, complex, disruptive expansion plan which will unnecessarily cause a substantial rise in fees for passengers and airlines.

A DfT spokesperson said: “As the Secretary of State has made clear, we are confident in the decision-making process which led to designation of the Airports National Policy Statement and stand ready to defend it robustly against legal challenge.”

The Airports National Policy Statement is the policy framework for the airport expansion and is used for decision making on any development of the airport.