Luton local residents say “Enough is Enough” on aircraft noise – and do not accept the planned expansion

Luton airport has a consultation – that ends on 18th February – into their planning application, to almost double the number of passenger, from around 10 mppa now to 18mppa before 2030. The extra flights would mean a lot more noise for those living locally under flight paths. One of the local residents’ groups, LANAG, has now submitted its response to the consultation, and say that while local residents support the desire for Luton to have a top quality airport, the airport already has twice the number of people affected by noise than there were in 2002 and 4 times the number of aircraft movements at night. They therefore say, “Enough is Enough” and do not accept the increases in aircraft movements and noise that would result from expansion. LANAG wants no more people affected by noise than currently , and say there must be a plan to take 2,800 people out of an environment that, according to the WHO is deleterious to health – due to noise levels.


15.2.2013 (LANAG – Luton Airport Noise Action Group)

LANAG, the local resident’s group who want to control the noise impact of Luton Airport have issued their objection to the airport’s planning application that could see the airport double in size.

Peter Hunt, Chairman of LANAG said:  “Local residents support the desire for Luton to have a top quality airport. However, the airport is already twice as big as it was last given planning permission for in 1997, with twice the number of people affected by noise since 2002 and 4 times the number of movements at night. They therefore say, “Enough is Enough” and do not accept the increases in aircraft movements and noise resulting from expansion.”

He went on to say, “If planning permission is granted, then no more people should be affected by noise than currently and Luton Borough Council should make this a condition. At the same time there must be a plan to take 2,800 people out of an environment that, according to the World Health Organisation, is deleterious to health.”


A full copy of the LANAG submission – will be added here shortly.


LANAG is a residents action group dealing with aircraft noise to the west of the airport.





Luton airport planning application would increase night flights (11pm to 7am) by 50%

January 29, 2013    Local campaign group HALE (Hertfordshire Against Luton Expansion) says that Luton Airport’s expansion plans are based on projections to increase flights at night by 50%. This is based on information in the airport’s planning application which shows that the number of take-offs and landings between 11pm and 7am is projected to rise to 52 by 2028, compared to 34 in 2011. HALE points out that this is just the average figure – during the summer peak there could be as many as 80 flights each night. There is a public consultation on the application until 18th February. HALE is urging people to respond to this planning application by demanding that Luton Borough Council forces its Airport to reduce, not increase, night flights; to monitor and fine night arrivals as well as night departures; and to install a noise monitor on the approach to runway 08 for the purpose.    Click here to view full story…


Luton airport planning application submitted – to demands that it should be called in

January 9, 2013      Luton airport has submitted its planning application for expansion up to 18 million passengers, to its local authority, Luton Borough Council. However, Luton Borough Council is also the owner of the airport, and so local people are asking that the application should be called in. The application does not include a runway extension, but does include changes to taxiways, access roads, parking aprons, car parks and changes and extensions to terminal buildings. The work proposed is focused primarily on removing the bottlenecks which affect throughput of passengers and planes at peak times. By dualling the access roads and increasing the security check lanes, passengers can arrive and be processed more quickly. By extending the taxiways and adding more piers, planes can be filled up can get into position for takeoff more quickly. And by adding more customs and baggage reclaim facilities, arriving passengers can be moved more rapidly through the terminal. There are 250 documents in the application, making it difficult for local people to assess. The consultation period ends on 18th February. There is local concern about the amount of extra aircraft noise there will be, if Luton is allowed such significant expansion. There are also serious concerns about road congestion – currently about 80% of the airport’s passengers travel to it by road.     Click here to view full story…

Luton Airport expansion master plan consultation ‘flawed and misleading’

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