Manchester Airport launch noise consultation

16.7.2009   (UK Airport News)

Manchester Airport has launched a public consultation on a new five-year noise
action plan designed to manage the impact of noise from its operations.  A team
of Environmental Health Officers from neighbouring boroughs have been working
with the airport’s environment experts for two years to prepare the consultation
document, which includes new proposals as well as summarising many existing policies.  
The measures include a proposal to reduce the daytime threshold above which noise
fines are issued, as well as increasing the penalty for breaching the noise limit.

The airport already has a wide range of noise management and mitigation measures
in place, including restrictions on the operation of the noisiest aircraft at
night, a requirement for departing aircraft to fly along routes that take them
away, where possible, from densely populated areas, some of the strictest noise
penalties of any airport in the UK, through to offering assistance with the cost
of insulating homes against the effects of aircraft noise.

Commenting on the consultation, Manchester Airport’s Head of Environment, Dr
Tim Walmsley, said: ‘The noise action plan contains over 50 policies that are
designed to manage the noise impact of our operations but we are keen to hear
from local people about what they think we are doing right or what we could be
doing better in order to achieve the right balance’.

The airport’s noise action plan consultation began on 1 July 2009 and closes on 21 October 2009.     Staff from the environment and community relations teams will be holding
six specially arranged outreach surgeries in local communities during the consultation
period so that residents are able to discuss the details in person.

Over 200 copies of the consultation document are available in local libraries
across Greater Manchester and parts of Cheshire.     Copies can also be downloaded
from   , along with details of the outreach surgeries.


Manchester airport says it  would now like to hear your views on  their draft Noise
Action Plan, which is available at local libraries or to
download here.

Discussing the draft Noise Action Plan with us

If you have any queries about our Noise Action Plan or this consultation process
you can contact us by telephone on 0161 489 3504 or 0161 489 3566. Or you can
email us at

Or, if you would like to discuss a particular issue with us, we have booked a
number of venues over the summer where you are invited to meet members of the
Airport’s Environment and Community Relations teams. In addition to our regular
Community Outreach Centres, we will be holding six events:

Thursday 16th July 2009


St. Barnabas Parish Church

12:00pm – 7:00pm  
Thursday 10th September 2009

Heald Green

Heald Green Methodist Church

12:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 23rd July 2009


Bowdon Parish Centre

12:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday 15th September 2009


Mere Parish Club

12:00pm – 7:00pm  
Tuesday 11th August 2009


Knutsford Library

11:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday 17th September 2009


Forum Library

12:00pm – 7:00pm

Responding to the Consultation

You can respond to the Consultation by completing a short questionnaire online
or by downloading a copy and returning it to us at:

or addressed to:

Dr. Tim Walmsley

Head of Environment

7th Floor

Tower Block

Manchester Airport


M90 1QX

Although we welcome your response in any format.

View online questionnaire 

Download questionnaire