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Stansted Airport opens consultation on noise action plan

PUBLISHED: 14:14 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:14 18 August 2018

The view of Stansted Airport from the control tower. Picture: WILL LODGE

The view of Stansted Airport from the control tower. Picture: WILL LODGE

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The plan seek to further manage the effects of noise from the airport on the local community.

New measures in the five-year-action plan, the third for Stansted, would include more restrictions on the noisiest types of aircraft, proposing stricter penalties for noisy aircraft and improving the flying accuracy of aircraft using the Stansted routes.

The consultation will continue through 2018 with a range of stakeholders who have an interest in the airport.

The plan will be presented for adoption by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in 2019.

London Stansted Chief Executive, Ken O’Toole, said: “We recognise that some communities around the airport are affected by aircraft noise and we want to work in partnership with local residents, airlines, regulatory agencies and the Government to reduce these impacts where possible.

“We have made significant progress in this area, and despite the airport’s ongoing growth, the number of people within our noise contours has actually fallen. This is largely due to the introduction of new, quieter aircraft and smarter ways of flying, and over the course of the next five years technology will continue to deliver further improvements.

“This new draft Noise Action Plan will provide us with 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. It also shows how we have performed in relation to our previous commitments to managing noise.”

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