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Biggin Hill Airport begins introducing noise action plan

PUBLISHED: 13:27 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 26 January 2016

Will Curtis

Will Curtis

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A new state-of-the-art noise monitoring and track keeping system will be introduced

Measures to reduce noise at Biggin Hill Airport are now being introduced.

The airport has begun to integrate its noise action plan as part of an agreement with Bromley council, whose executive granted an application to extend operating hours at the airport on November 25.

This is the first defined noise limit to be introduced at the airport since it opened in 1917, in an aim to minimise the impact on neighbouring residents.

The plan includes the introduction of a new state-of-the-art noise monitoring and track keeping system (NMTKS) so that councillors and residents will be able to track every flight and see clear information about noise levels in real-time.

Such comprehensive NMTK systems are normally only found at much larger airports.

The plan also includes tighter controls on light aircraft, which are the subject of the many noise complaints, including the no-fly zones already introduced along with bans on circuit training before 9am and after 5pm on summer weekends.

Managing director Will Curtis said: “We are pleased that our proposal has been approved.

“It has quite rightly been subject to extensive scrutiny and consultation from councillors and local residents.

“The agreement sets in stone the promises we have made, and gives residents certainty that Biggin Hill will remain a small, well managed airport with modern noise monitoring that will ensure it remains a good neighbour.

“Airports our size are not normally required to put in place measures like these, given the high costs involved and the fact we are comparatively much quieter than larger commercial airports.

“However, we have listened carefully to local residents, who support longer opening hours but want to see environmental protections as part of the package.

“With the changes that have been agreed with the council, we can now attract more investment, creating more jobs for local people and generating the monies that are needed to fund the comprehensive noise action plan.”

The decision to extend the hours was challenged via a ‘call-in’ procedure earlier in the month but this was rejected, meaning the decision was upheld.

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