Uttlesford residents invited to have their say as airport launches noise consultation

PUBLISHED: 07:36 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:04 23 August 2018

Runway at Stansted Airport

Runway at Stansted Airport

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Stansted Airport has launched a public consultation on a noise action plan which sets out the airport’s approach to managing aircraft noise and reducing its impact on communities in Uttlesford.

The five-year action plan proposes a range of measures including further restricting the use of the noisiest types of aircraft operating at night, proposing stricter penalties for noisy aircraft and looking to implement improvements to the flying accuracy of aircraft.

Since the publication of the first noise action plan in 2011, the airport claims the number of people living within its noise contours has reduced, though the airport has experienced significant growth.

According to Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which runs Stansted, this is largely due to the introduction of quieter aircraft and satellite navigation to improve aircraft tracking.

The new noise plan, which is based on 2016 data, will be presented for approval by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs next year.

Stansted Airport’s chief executive, Ken O’Toole, said: “Since MAG acquired London Stansted in 2013, we have been committed to not only maximising the social and economic benefits of our growth but also ensuring we have a robust environmental and noise management measures.

“We have ambitious plans for Stansted that will create more choice for passengers, new terminal facilities and opportunities for local people. Our planning application to serve up to 43 million passengers a year comes with a commitment to grow within our limits.

“This means we make best use of our existing capacity without increasing the number of flights we already have approval for, and we are proposing containing our impacts within reduced environmental noise limits.

“Some communities around the airport are affected by aircraft noise and we want to work with residents, airlines, regulatory agencies and the Government to reduce these impacts where possible.

“This new draft will provide us a roadmap for tackling noise disturbance which range from restricting the use of the noisiest aircraft at night through to investigating the use of steeper approaches to keep aircraft higher for longer.”

The consultation runs until October 17. The noise action plan and supplementary information are available to download at: www.stanstedairport.com/community/noise/noise-action-plan.

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