Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise
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LADACAN lodged its full objections to the Airport expansion planning application with planning authority, Luton Borough Council, in early March. Our cover letter gives an overview of the objections and is supported by 7 more detailed documents on noise, planning and aviation policy, public safety, the 2001 Development Brief, employment and economics, mitigation proposals and the case for determination of the application by the Government.
Expansion plan to be considered on Friday
The planning application for expansion of the Airport is to be heard by Luton Borough Council’s Development Control Committee on Friday 20th December at 10am in the Council Chamber. The report to the Committee can be found on the Council’s website. It recommends grant of planning permission.
The Council’s lawyer has advised that its proposed condition limiting passenger numbers to 18 million per year removes the requirement for the application to be referred as a nationally significant project for a public inquiry, a peculiar position as referral must precede a decision by the Council.
As the Committee report fudges the issue, LADACAN continues to press the Council to respond to our lawyer’s letter sent in April challenging the Airport’s interpretation of the Council’s policy on aircraft noise. In view of the short notice given, we have also asked that Friday’s meeting be postponed to the New Year.
The Dover/Clacton departure route
Those members living to the south west of Luton Airport may have read of a plan to
‘tweak’ the so-
The current track for aircraft departing westward from the runway with destinations
to the east of the UK, after aiming for the Markyate/Flamstead 'gap', is to follow
a long leftwards arc taking them over the south-
Overall the result was gratifying in that the planes avoided both south-
Speed made little difference but an intermediate between fastest & slowest seemed the optimum.
The obvious downside is that if this proposal is made permanent, the aircraft will
be concentrated down a narrow line which inevitably, in this crowded part of the
country, be over someone -
There is still the vexed question of Air Traffic Control 'vectoring' aircraft off
the track once there are above a certain height, originally 3,000 ft [above sea level]
day & 4,000 at night -
There will now be a public consultation, possibly including 'roadshows' at certain
of the affected communities, from mid-