Consultation on airport noise launched by BAA plc
(press release issued 21 September 2004 by BAA)
BAA plc today launched a series of consultations at Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports on proposed voluntary compensation and mitigation packages for aircraft noise.
The consultations follow on from the Government's White Paper on aviation, published in December 2003, which set out a framework for the development of UK airports in the next 30 years.
At Stansted, the consultation focuses on noise associated with the operation of the existing runway and is an entirely separate initiative to the Home Owner Support Scheme announced today, that concerns the proposed new runway.
As a result of this consultation about the impact of the existing runway, BAA aims to develop for each of the airports concerned, a voluntary scheme to provide noise insulation for noise-sensitive buildings, such as schools and hospitals, within a 63 dBA Leq noise contour. Preliminary examination of this noise contour suggests there are few, if any, buildings of this nature close to the airport. However, if as a result of this consultation, any such noise-sensitive buildings are identified within the 63 dBA Leq noise contour, they will qualify under the terms of the scheme.
A second scheme proposes to offer a financial package for relocation assistance, capped at £10,000, for residents in the noisiest areas who want to move. To be eligible, property owners must live within a 69 dBA Leq noise contour.
BAA's Chief Executive, Mike Clasper, said: "Airports can be noisy places to live near, and major developments can cause uncertainty. We want to do the right thing by our local residents and minimise, mitigate and compensate for these impacts, and how we do this is what we are consulting on.
"The Government has given us a framework to grow our airports and we are determined to do this responsibly. We know we are not always a perfect neighbour, but through these schemes we aim to be a good neighbour and retain the support of our communities."
The consultation will be open until 21 December and final details of the scheme will be launched early in 2005, for implementation as soon as practicable thereafter.
Press release taken from the BAA Newsdesk.
BAA's Noise Consultation Document (Acrobat ® format, 205 KB)
BAA's Issue Brief - Aircraft Noise (Acrobat ® format, 353 KB)
"BAA DISREGARDS COMPENSATION OBLIGATIONS" (press release issued 21 September 2004 by Stop Stansted Expansion)
"New initiative launched at Stansted" (press release issued 21 Sep 2004 by BAA)
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