Newham Council warns London City Airport over night time disruption, for 3 years, for its building works
Campaigners against London City Airport expansion fear years of night time disruption if a planning application is approved. The group “Stop City Airport” say long-suffering residents in the area are already facing increased noise issues due to Crossrail works and from the proposed Chinese business park by ABP (Associated British Ports). Stop City Airport raised its latest concerns after a letter from Newham Council was made public, expressing fears over night-time construction work. Campaigner Alan Haughton said: “There will be no relief for residents. Aircraft noise all day long and as soon as that finishes, non-stop piling for three years at least.” The council’s senior development manager Chris Gascoigne said the airport was proposing a construction programme lasting up to 7 years, with 3 of those being 24 hours a day. He commented: “In our view the proposed night time construction noise impacts are not acceptable and represent a potential reason for refusal of planning permission.” The airport has been asked if it can reduce operation hours, to do construction during the day, but council officers have yet to get a reply. The airport’s plans include 7 new aircraft parking stands, a 3-storey passenger pier, noise barriers and a 260-bedroom hotel.
Newham Council warns London City Airport over expansion disruption
Campaigners against London City Airport expansion fear years of night time disruption if a planning application is approved.
Stop City Airport released a statement (see below) last week saying long-suffering residents in the area were already facing increased noise issues due to Crossrail works and from the proposed Chinese business park by ABP.
It raised its latest concerns after a letter was made public from Newham Council, expressing fears over night-time construction work.
Campaigner Alan Haughton said: “There will be no relief for residents. Aircraft noise all day long and as soon as that finishes, non-stop piling for three years at least.
“There’s already outrage in the area, not just over the airport, but the Crossrail works, which is probably why Newham has stepped in.”
The council’s senior development manager Chris Gascoigne has written to planning consultants working on behalf of the airport.
He said the airport was proposing a construction programme lasting up to seven years, with three of those being 24 hours a day.
He wrote: “In our view the proposed night time construction noise impacts are not acceptable and represent a potential reason for refusal of planning permission.”
The airport has been asked whether it can reduce operation hours in order to carry out construction during the day, but officers have yet to receive a response.
When asked about the letter, both Newham Council and City Airport played down the row.
A council spokesman said: “The planning application process is ongoing, so residents should ensure their views are known.”
He recommended residents lodge their opinions with the council.
A statement released by the airport said: “London City Airport is working closely with Newham to mitigate the effects of noise on the community during the construction phase of the City Airport Development Programme.
“The airport is committed to using best practicable means to deliver an acceptable programme of construction hours and reducing noise impacts, and is in dialogue with Newham as to how this can best be delivered.”
The airport’s plans include seven new aircraft parking stands, a three-storey passenger pier, noise barriers and a 260-bedroom hotel.
London City Airport residents face up to 7 years of night time construction work
July 1st 2014 (Stop City Airport)
London City Airport residents face up to 7 years of Night Time Construction work.
Newham Council have warned London City Airport that the impacts of night time construction work may see them refuse planning permission for their new Development. 
London City Airport’s current Development planning application will see construction work carried out over a 7 year period, including 3 years of full 24 hour work, where noise intensive construction activities like piling will occur at night.
Newham Council have found that the resulting noise impacts are considerable and would significantly impact on residents in North Woolwich. North Woolwich residents currently suffer from the Airports operational noise as well as construction noise from Crossrail. Further construction work like the Chinese ABP development could also see them impacted.
London City Airport is not willing to temporarily alter its business operations to facilitate construction at it’s own development and have submitted noise mitigation measures which Newham Council have rejected.
THE FUTURE WATCHES THE AIRPORT – 21st July at 11am
There will be a protest against the expansion of London City Airport. Newham Council will soon decide whether it should expand. A group of local campaigners, working with the affected local community, plans to protest – to show the airport that whatever the Council’s decision – there will be uproar if they try to expand.
If Newham Council allow the airport to expand it will mean more air pollution, more noise pollution and more road traffic – especially for the communities who live around the airport – who are some of London’s most vulnerable. It will also mean that people will lose their homes to allow for the airport’s expansion.
London City Airport now re-consulting on its expansion planning application
London City Airport has a planning application, initially submitted in July 2013, originally with 28th October as the comment deadline, for “Works to demolish existing buildings and structures and provide additional infrastructure and passenger facilities at London City Airport without changes to the number of permitted flights or opening hours previously permitted pursuant to planning permission.” The comment deadline was extended to 18th December. The local authority, Newham Council, has now announced that it will be re-consulting on the application. The deadline for comment is now 10th July, with the application expected to go to committee on 23rd July 2014. There have so been 1,282 responses to the application, all of which appear to be objecting to it. The airport said last year they were extending the deadline so”as many local people and wider stakeholders as possible can make their voices heard.”
Public consultation on London City Airport planning applications extended to 18th December
October 30, 2013 Newham Council are extending their public consultation on London City Airport planning applications to midday on 18 December 2013. The deadline had been 28th October, but the application is mainly online, and the council planning website was down during some of the time. The planning application was presented in such an impenetrable manner on the Newham website that it was effectively impossible for ordinary people to understand what was proposed. Now Newham says that : “Due to the number of responses to the London City Airport planning consultation, including many who have asked for extra time to submit a response, we have decided to extend the deadline…. The major planning applications propose additional infrastructure, passenger facilities and a new hotel at the airport. We will shortly be publicising the extended consultation deadline including writing to more than 25,000 homes in the local area.” Local campaigners welcomed the extension and said the impacts of the expansion by London City Airport will affect the local area for generations to come, so it is important that local residents have the opportunity to get their voices heard.
London City Airport expansion plan – inadequate consultation by Newham – but campaigners have produced guidance on how to respond
October 26, 2013
London City Airport applied back in July for expansion. While the application does not propose to increase the number of flights, it crucially changes the split between scheduled jets and jet centre movements leading to a change in the 2010 baseline public safety zone. The application is to demolish some buildings and structures, and upgrade four aircraft stands, adding 7 new aircraft parking stands. It would also mean extension and modification of the existing airfield, including the creation of an extended taxi lane.There would be changes to parking and vehicle access, and an extension to the terminal building. The consultation in on the Newham Council website (though on some days it has not bee accessible) – it ends on 28th October. There is a huge list of documents, with no accessible detail, making comment by ordinary people nearly impossible. London City Airport campaigners have located the key information, and produced a simple response email which anyone can (adapt and) use. There are real fears of more noise from the airport and building space removed form the enlarged public safety zones. Do send in a reply if you agree these proposals should be opposed.