Luton and District Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise

News update

2nd April

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No news is good news?

Despite the decision by Luton’s Development Control Committee to approve the Airport’s expansion plan on 20th December, we are still waiting for the government to decide to call the application in for a public inquiry. It should not be a difficult decision - LADACAN wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport in January pointing out that the decision does not conform to the policy in respect of aircraft noise which his department adopted only last year.

We also pointed out that planning applications such as this are his only means of enforcing the policy so it really should be a simple decision.

Meanwhile, there appears to be huge confusion over the conditions which the Council wants to apply to the grant of permission: there is a significant danger that LADACAN and the other residents’ groups which oppose the plans will agree with the Airport management that the conditions are not fit for purpose and make little sense.

The waiting continues but the arguments will go on for a long, long time.