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CONSULTATION ON NIGHT NOISE RESTRICTIONS AT LONDON AIRPORTS

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A consultation paper on a proposal to extend the present night ...
A consultation paper on a proposal to extend the present night

restrictions regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted for a further

year, to October 2005, has been published. The publication was

announced in a written commons statement by transport minister

John Spellar.

Mr Spellar outlined the reasons for the proposed extension:

'New European Community legislation is coming into effect: the

government is awaiting the outcome of a long running European Court

of Human Rights case about an earlier night restrictions regime at

Heathrow Airport; and we are continuing with our major consultation

The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: South

East which refers to aspects of night noise policy.

'In view of these developments, as the consultation paper explains,

we propose to continue the current night restrictions regime at

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted for a further year, until 30 October

2005. We propose that the movements limits and noise quota for both

the winter and summer seasons remain the same as for the respective

seasons for each airport in the year from 26 October 2003 to 31

October 2004.'

The consultation also

- commences consideration of some of the general principles and

policies underlying the night restrictions;

- explains how the government intends to take forward (a) the

results of two reviews relating to the classification of aircraft for

night restrictions purposes and (b) the results of a separate review

of the departure noise limits and the related noise monitoring

arrangements.

The consultation ends on 11 July.

The full text of Mr Spellar's Statement is attached.

Notes

1. Mr Spellar announced on 27 February that the government had

decided to consult shortly on an interim proposal to extend the

present night restrictions regime at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted

for a further year, to October 2005.

2. Copies of the consul tation document can be obtained from:

Department for Transport Aviation Environmental Division 2

Zone 1/34

Great Minster House

76 Marsham Street

LONDON, SW1P 4DR.

email: nightrestrictions@dft.gsi.gov.uk

telephone : 020 7944 5796

It can also be downloaded from the DfT website:

www.aviation.dft.gov.uk

3. The present night noise restrictions regime was set out in press

notice number 539 of 10 June 1999.

4. The present departure noise limits and associated monitoring

arrangements and the decision to begin a further review were set out

in press notice 779 of 18 December 2000.

HOUSE OF COMMONS WRITTEN STATEMENT

CONSULTATION ON NIGHT NOISE RESTRICTIONS AT HEATHROW, GATWICK AND

STANSTED AIRPORTS

Minister for Transport (Mr John Spellar)

On 27 February I announced (Official Report, col 26WS) that we had

been considering the timetable for the forthcoming consultation about

night restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports and

that we had decided to consult shortly on an interim proposal to

extend the present night restrictions regime at those airports for a

further year, to October 2005. This consultation paper is published

today.

The policy background to the night flying restrictions at Heathrow,

Gatwick and Stansted is changing. New European Community legislation

is coming into effect; the Government is awaiting the outcome of a

long running European Court of Human Rights case about an earlier

night restrictions regime at Heathrow Airport; and we are continuing

with our major consultation 'The Future Development of Air Transport

in the United Kingdom: South East' which refers to aspects of night

noise policy.

In view of these developments, as the consultation paper explains, we

propose to continue the current night restrictions regime at

Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted for a further year, until 30 October

2005. We propose that the movements limits and noise quota for both

the winter and summer seasons remain the same as for the respective

seasons for each airport in the year from 26 October 2003 to 31

October 2004.

The consultation paper also commences consideration of some of the

general principles and policies underlying the night restrictions; in

particular, the present policy of having common arrangements at all

three airports and the broad issues relating to the possible

extension of the night quota period (currently 2330-0600).

It also explains how we intend to take forward the results of two

reviews relating to the classification of aircraft for night

restrictions purposes and how we intend to take forward the results

of a separate review of the departure noise limits and the related

noise monitoring arrangements.

The consultation will close on 11 July. Copies of the consultation

paper are available in the House Library. All responses will be taken

into account. Subject to those responses, we aim to announce our

decision on the proposals for 2004-05, by 31 October 2003.

Responses on other matters covered in this consultation paper will be

taken into account in developing proposals for the next night

restrictions regime for consultation, in due course. They will also

be taken into account as appropriate in the forthcoming Air Transport

White Paper.

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