Noise Consultation

The public consultation on London City Airport's Noise Reduction Plan closed on Friday.  The plan sets out proposals to mitigate the effects of the use of the airport in the coming years. 

The proposals have become more significant in the light of the decision to allow aircraft movements at London City to increase by 50% and because of changes to the flight routings of departing aircraft across north London.  The next stage is for the proposals to be finalised and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval.

The text of my representation is set out below:

Dear Sir,

Please take this email as a representation in connection with the London City draft Noise Action Plan.

I have voiced concerns about the noise impact and disruption caused by departing aircraft from London City Airport to my constituents in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering. I have been particularly concerned by proposals to increase the number of permitted flight movements by 50% from the current level. The flights permission which has been approved by the London Borough of Newham would increase movements from 80,000 to 120,000 movements a year. It is also noticeable that the proportion of jet aircraft has increased markedly.

Aircraft will increasingly be passing overhead Hornchurch at between 2,000 and 3,000 feet with a typical noise level of 57 to 72 dB and potentially up to 77 dB for BAE 146 or RJ aircraft. I believe that this would have a serious adverse and detrimental impact on my constituents and I have already noticed an increase in the last year of the number of complaints received about flight noise. If the enhanced permission is utilised, I believe that the noise disruption and environmental impact would have a highly damaging effect on local residents in Havering. Changes to the flight routings of northerly departures from London City Airport would also appear to magnify the likely effect adding to the concern. You will no doubt be aware that the London boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets have passed resolutions condemning the failure to consult them on the expansion of London City airport, and opposing further expansion at the airport or changes to the flight paths or modes of operation at the airport that which would result in an increase in aircraft noise suffered by local residents.

Accordingly, I do not wish to see any further increase to the number of flight movements permitted under the previous noise action plan unless and until (1) a proper assessment is undertaken of the noise impact of London City Airport on my constituents and (2) confirmation is given that the noise action plan delivers restrictions to ensure that my constituents will not suffer from increased aircraft noise as a consequence of any changes to the operations at the airport. Consultation on the Noise Action Plan should also be extended to take account of the current judicial review application to challenge the decision of the London Borough of Newham. Given the nature of London City Airport, I believe that there need to be robust arrangements applied limiting its operations and mitigating its noise impact.

Yours faithfully,

James Brokenshire