HACAN comments on Heathrow Noise Action Plan consultation
is the government department responsible for the plans in the UK. It has given
responsibility for drawing up the noise action plans for many of the airports,
including Heathrow, to the airport operators themselves! BAA’s draft noise action
plan for Heathrow failed to deal with any of the underlying noise problems.
which need to be contained in a Noise Action Plan in order to improve the situation:
during the day through a range of clearly defined measures;
– Retain the cap of 480,000 on the number of flights permitted at Heathrow;
– Retain runway alternation;
– Explore ways of extending runway alternation to areas further from Heathrow;
– Look at ways of introducing a steeper approach.
– Ditch any plan to concentrate the number of flights on narrower and narrower
corridors thus creating noise ghettos.
– Explore ways of actually reducing the number of flights using the airport.
comes to an end in 2012; with a phasing out of flights between 6am and 7am.
itself, give an accurate picture of the way people hear aircraft noise.
reflect the high levels of low-frequency noise contained in aircraft noise;
of its benefits and disbenefits.
overlapping flight paths.