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Asked on: 15 November 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce noise pollution as a result of the operation a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 20 November 2018

The Government sets noise controls at Heathrow Airport, including total noise limits and aircraft movement limits for night flights.

These controls, in conjunction with stricter aircraft noise standards negotiated by the UK at the international level, have resulted in a long-term reduction in the number of people affected by aircraft noise near the airport.

Following the designation of the Airports National Policy Statement, it is now down to an applicant for development consent for a Northwest runway scheme to undertake a detailed assessment of the environmental effects of their scheme, and to put forward an appropriate package of mitigation measures. The Airports National Policy Statement makes clear that the Government expects noise mitigation measures to limit, and where possible reduce, the effect of aircraft noise. It also sets out specific mitigations for aircraft noise which the Government expects to see delivered. These include the applicant putting forward plans for a noise envelope which is tailored to local priorities and includes noise performance targets; developing plans for a runway alternation scheme that provides communities affected with predictable periods of respite; and an expectation that the applicant will adopt a ban on scheduled night flights for a period of six and a half hours.

These supporting measures are subject to consultation and will be finalised through the planning process. The application will then be considered by the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State in determining any application for development consent.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on noise pollution over Camberwell and Peckham constituency of the construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 24 July 2018

The Airports National Policy Statement sets out the Government’s expectations for a package of supporting measures to limit the effects of noise from an expanded Heathrow airport on local communities, including the provision of predictable periods of respite, the development of a noise envelope and a six-and-a-half-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

The Appraisal of Sustainability that accompanies the Airports National Policy Statement provides a strategic level assessment of the unmitigated noise effects of expansion, based on indicative flightpaths.

At this stage, it is not possible to identify the exact noise effects on specific communities after expansion as the scheme remains subject to the development consent order and airspace change processes, which will include public consultation.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for Transport
Heathrow Airport: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of establishing a legally binding noise threshold at Heathrow airport.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 24 July 2018

The Airports National Policy Statement makes it clear that any noise envelope at an expanded Heathrow should be tailored to local priorities and include clear noise performance targets.

The scheme promoter is expected to put forward proposals on how noise mitigation measures (such as a noise envelope) may be secured and enforced, including the bodies who may enforce those measures.

The precise design of a noise envelope, including the details of any monitoring and enforcement regime, will be decided upon through the planning process, in consultation with local communities and relevant stakeholders. These will then be considered by the Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State in determining any Development Consent Order application.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 22 May 2018
Department for Transport
Aircraft: Noise
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on reducing the impact on residents from aircraft noise.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 04 June 2018

In the last year the Department for Transport has published policy decisions on night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and a new framework on airspace policy which includes an improved appraisal framework for assessing noise impacts. The Department for Health and Social Care was consulted on these policy decisions.

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(Camberwell and Peckham)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 28 March 2018
Department for Transport
Aviation: Camberwell and Peckham
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 23 January 2017 to Question 60536, what plans his Department has to record the level of aircraft noise in Camberwell and Peckham; and what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the addition of a third runway at Heathrow Airport on noise levels in Camberwell and Peckham.
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Answered by: Jesse Norman
Answered on: 16 April 2018

The Government continues to expect airports to help local communities understand the noise impacts they are affected by, through appropriate noise monitoring and the provision of relevant information.

At this stage, it is not possible to identify the exact noise impacts on specific communities after potential expansion.

The Appraisal of Sustainability that accompanies the revised draft Airports National Policy Statement provides a strategic level assessment of the unmitigated noise impacts of expansion based on indicative flightpaths.

If the revised draft Airports NPS is designated, precise flight paths for the Northwest Runway scheme would be defined through the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airspace Change Process. It is through this regulatory process that communities would see and have the opportunity to comment on the detailed proposals for new flightpaths. Any such proposals would need to take account of the Department’s new policies on appraising options for airspace design.

In addition, the Government expects an applicant for development consent for Heathrow expansion to commit to a package of supporting measures to limit the impacts of noise on local communities, including the provision of more predictable periods of respite. These supporting measures would be finalised through the planning process, or the exercise of statutory powers, and be subject to public consultation.

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