East Midlands airport claims runway extension won’t create headache for residents

20.11.2008   (This is Derby)

PLANS to extend the runway at East Midlands Airport will increase the noise from
only a “small number” of planes, bosses claim.

They say the proposed expansion will actually reduce the level of noise from
the majority of landing aircraft for residents living close to the Castle Donington

That is because, if the extension is given the green light, planes will be able
to approach the runway at higher altitudes over the village of Kegworth.

The higher planes fly, the less noise can be heard from the ground.

Neil Robinson, the site’s environmental manager, outlined the plans to the Evening
Telegraph and said the new runway would not mean a direct increase in the number
of planes operating at the airport.

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He said: “The proposed extension to the runway would allow larger aircraft to
depart at slightly heavier take-off weights. The extension is not required for
arriving aircraft as the airport’s current runway provides adequate landing distance.

“However, it will allow the majority of aircraft to land further down the runway,
increasing the height of aircraft descending over Kegworth and reducing the level
of noise.”

In total, noise from 80% of aircraft would be reduced by 2016, noise would increase
from 2.8% of planes due to the extra weight they would be carrying. The remainder
would stay the same.

A planning application has been submitted to North West Leicestershire District
Council for the runway extension and it will consult residents and other authorities
about the plans before making a decision.

The council first received an application to increase the 2,893m runway by 190m
in 2000.

Fresh environmental statements were sent to the authority in 2004 and again in
May this year to reflect the growing number of passengers.

Despite reports to the contrary, the airport says it does not mean larger aircraft
will take off and land at Castle Donington as it already caters for all plane

But South Derbyshire District Council’s environmental officers believe that the
runway extension would lead to an increase in noise for people in the district.

They are recommending that the environmental and development services committee
raises objections to the plans as part of the consultation.

But Mr Robinson dismissed the noise concerns and said the airport was aware of
its responsibility to reduce the impact on residents.

“East Midlands Airport recognises that aircraft operations, particularly at night,
have an impact on the local community,” he said.

“We take our responsibilities to them very seriously.

“The airport has a range of voluntary noise mitigation measures, including noise
preferred routes and a sound insulation scheme for properties affected by aircraft

He said he hoped the council would be able to determine “one way or the other”
an outcome on the application soon.

A spokeswoman for North West Leicestershire District Council said a date had
not yet been decided for the application to go to the planning committee.

Councillors from South Derbyshire will discuss the issue at 6pm tonight at the
Civic Offices in Swadlincote.
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Airport bids for a change

Wednesday, November 05, 2008
EAST Midlands Airport wants to build a new car park and redesign an existing
one to make way for its new wind turbines.

It has asked for planning permission from North West Leicestershire District
Council to make the changes.

The existing car park will fit around four 135ft wind turbines which will provide
a tenth of the airport’s energy.

The airport has also applied to build a new maintenance workshop and make changes
to the road in front of the terminal building.

The change to the road will allow more bus stops and mean that passengers could
be dropped off outside the terminal, rather than on the opposite side of the road,
as they currently are.

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A decision on the planning applications is expected to be made later this month.