Biggin Hill Airport to introduce noise limit
PUBLISHED: 13:44 23 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 23 September 2015
The airport will see a 50 per cent reduction on its previously envisaged noise allowance as part of the agreement with Bromley Council to extend operating hours
Biggin Hill Airport is preparing introduce a noise limit on its operations as part of the agreement to extend airport operating hours.
It will see a 50 per cent reduction on their previously envisaged noise allowance, following a consultation with Bromley Council, who backed the plans in principle, subject to the introduction of these noise mitigation measures.
The plan will limit the number of take-offs and landings to 50,000 per year by 2020 and will be reviewed every five years.
A new state-of-the-art Noise Monitoring and Track Keeping System (NMTKS) will mean that councillors and local residents will be able to track every flight and see clear information about noise levels in real-time.
There will also be 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.
Will Curtis, Managing Director of Biggin Hill, said: “This plan 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 our local residents, who support longer opening hours but want to see environmental protections as part of the package.
“If longer hours are approved by the council we will be able to generate the investment needed to deliver these protections. By voting for this package, councillors will be delivering more jobs for Bromley and new noise protections that residents do not have today.”