East Midlands Airport Draft Noise Action Plan Consultation begins

1.7.2009   (East Midlands Airport press release)

East Midlands Airport has today launched a 16 week public consultation on its
draft plans to manage the impact of aircraft noise and review the measures currently
in place.

The introduction of these plans is part of a European Union directive that requires
all main sources of environmental noise including; airports, major roads, railways
and urban conurbations with more than 250,000 residents, to produce Noise Action

Following the consultation period the Airport will consider all comments received
before submitting a plan to the Government for approval later this year. The Airport’s
draft Noise Action Plan consultation which begins today, (1 July 2009) will conclude
on 21 October 2009. During the consultation period the Airport will be holding a series of outreach
events offering local communities, councils and other stakeholders the opportunity
to discuss the draft plan amongst other community and environmental issues.

East Midlands Airport outreach events

  • Diseworth Heritage Centre, 14 July 2009
  • Melbourne, Bill Shone Leisure Centre, 21 July 2009
  • Castle Donington Village Hall, 25 August 2009
  • Kegworth Parish Council Rooms, 29 September 2009

The Airport already has a wide range of noise management and mitigation measures
in place including; Noise Preferred Routes which requires aircraft to fly specified
departure routes, a Sound Insulation Scheme for local residents affected by aircraft
noise, Noise Penalties for aircraft breaching the airport’s stringent noise levels
and restrictions on the noisiest aircraft operating at night.

Commenting on the consultation, East Midlands Airport’s Director of Sustainability, Neil Robinson said:     "The Airport is an important part of the region, employing more than 7,000
people and providing travel opportunities to over 90 destinations. We take the
negative impact of our operations very seriously, particularly the impact on our
closest neighbours, which is why we have some of the strictest controls of any
UK airport. In recent years we have been successful in reducing aircraft noise
around the airport by the increased use of quieter aircraft and techniques such
as continuous descent approach.

"The draft plan sets out a comprehensive package of noise controls and demonstrates
our commitment to manage and where possible, reduce the impact of aircraft related
noise. We hope this consultation will allow the local community another valuable
opportunity to feed back their views and help the Airport strike the right balance
between reducing the negative impact and the substantial benefits the Airport
brings to the regional economy."

For people wishing to take part in the consultation copies of the action plan
are available online at



Deadline     21 October 2009.


Draft Noise Action Plan

East Midlands Airport has launched a 16 week public consultation (1st July to
21st October 2009) on its draft plans to manage the current impact of aircraft
noise and review the measures in place.
Download East Midlands Airport Draft Noise Action Plan – July 2009.


see also


Master Plan 2006

Monitoring and Implementation Report 2008