Who are we?
LADACAN is the Luton And District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise. We are a residents’ group concerned primarily about the impacts of Luton Airport expansion on noise, air pollution and surface transport congestion. To find out more about what we do, to contact us and to join LADACAN, click here >>
To download our latest newsletter, click this link: LADACAN newsletter July 2014
What influence do we have?
LADACAN has a seat on the London Luton Airport Consultative Committee (LLACC) and on its Noise and Track Subcommittee (NTSC). These committees, comprising of local councillors and representatives of local communities as well as the airport and the airlines, meet every 3 months to discuss issues of concern. See www.llacc.com for more information.
What is currently happening?
Luton Airport has just completed a consultation on the introduction of a new technology called RNAV to control aircraft navigation. It is intended to keep aircraft more closely on the designated routes, though the initial trials in spring of 2013 showed that there were problems with accuracy. The results of the consultation will be announced shortly – for more details click here >>
The Noise Action Plan for Luton Airport is currently being reviewed and updated, and LADACAN is involved in the consultation. The plan – often dubbed a Noise Inaction Plan – is woefully short of real actions designed to drive down noise, and we are seeking to influence the airport operators LLAOL to give it more teeth. For more on this story and to see the LADACAN response, click here >>
The Planning Conditions which emerged as a result of the recently granted expansion planning application represent a new approach to trying to control noise, using a Quota Count system. People feel that while quota counts may incentivise the use of slightly quieter aircraft, they permit many more flights – and it is planes going overhead which annoy them. For more on this story and to see the LADACAN input, click here >>