Residents around Luton fear airport development plans will increase noise
the airport’s future. At an Executive meeting, it said it wants to increase the
annual passengers to 18 million – almost double the current number, with a view
to increasing up to 30 million passengers a year in due course. This would cause
more road congestion and more noise across flight paths in the area, including
Stevenage, Hitchin and Baldock.
sparking fears that it could impact on land in North Herts.
(LLAL), is considering the airport’s future.
to 18 million – almost double the current number, (8.7 million in 2010 – see below) with a view to increasing up to 30 million passengers a year later on.
Hertfordshire, but would lead to an increase in people using the county’s roads
as well as more noise from additional flights across flight paths in the area,
including Stevenage, Hitchin and Baldock.
admission, require development to the land to the east of Luton, which is within
the North Herts boundary.
keep the green belt from being built on in other development plans, said that
if the airport was to increase its capacity, there would be serious implications
for people in North Herts.
alone all the passengers that have got to get to the airport using Hertfordshire
roads. They aren’t built for it.
has not been sent to us.
their neighbours, who will mostly be affected. It will be people in Herts who
will be majorly affected.
engineering and overall project management.
to act fast to avoid delaying the airport’s redevelopment.
a meeting last night (Wednesday) in relation to the proposals.
and previously seen expansion plans.
place, not convenient for anybody. None of the problems that existed before have
impacts, and one of the pieces of work undertaken by the advisors will be the
preparation of a full environmental impact assessment.”
I attended last night, it was announced by Colin Chick, Development & Regeneration
Director in his ‘Future for Luton’ presentation, that LBC planned to expand the
airport to 31mppa. We already know that a Consultant is currently being hired
to investigate how this and a shorter term expansion to 18mppa can be achieved.
I guess we can await the results of this work with interest, but now we have confirmation
in public of where LBC wants to go.
produced in 2005 and then withdrawn in 2007.
setting out its vision for the next phase of development at London Luton Airport
in September 2001. ‘The Brief’ has been formally adopted by Luton Borough Council
as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) and has guided recent decision-making
with respect to airport related development. The status of the Brief as SPG means
that it is a significant material consideration in any planning application and,
therefore, that proposals complying with it may be considered likely to obtain
planning permission subject to their environmental effects and mitigating measures.
outlining a balanced framework for the development of air transport to 2030.
to grow to 30 million passengers per annum in 2030. The Government then asked
airport operators to publish a Master Plan outlining proposals for growth.
in October 2005.
focus future development proposals on making the most of the existing site.
they had approved a new school in an area designated as a Public Safety Zone,
when the guidance from the CAA includes the words;
10. There should be a general presumption against new or replacement development,……
(vii)…..Attractions such as children’s playgrounds should not be established…..nor
should playing fields or sports grounds…..
(viii) golf courses would be permitted but not clubhouses.
It appears that LBC have taken it upon themselves to ignore this advise due to
the desperate shortage of alternative space. Does this make it a good location
for more than 600 young school children, if it is not suitable for a golf clubhouse?