Following the last Council meeting the dates of the next LAANC meetings have been checked and are as follows: Executive: 9th November 2018, 10:30 am Council : 7th December 2018, 10.30 am The dates on the fact sheet are incorrect and should be ignored.
The revised WHO Environmental Noise
Guidelines for the European Region provide strong evidence that noise is one of
the top environmental hazards to both physical and mental health and
Officially launched to countries and
stakeholders in Basel, Switzerland on 10 October 2018, the document identifies
levels at which noise has significant health impacts and recommends actions to
reduce exposure. For the first time, a comprehensive and rigorous
methodological framework was applied to develop the recommendations.
What is new
Compared to previous WHO guidelines
on noise, this version contains five significant developments:
·stronger evidence of the cardiovascular and metabolic effects of
·inclusion of new noise sources, namely wind turbine noise and leisure
noise, in addition to noise from transportation (aircraft, rail and road
·use of a standardized approach to assess the evidence;
·a systematic review of evidence, defining the relationship between noise
exposure and risk of adverse health outcomes;
·use of long-term average noise exposure indicators to better predict
adverse health outcomes.
Driving policy action to protect communities from health effects of
Targeted at decision-makers and
technical experts, the new guidelines aim to support legislation and
policy-making at local, national and international level.
Although the guidelines focus on the
European Region and provide guidance consistent with the European Union’s
Environmental Noise Directive, they also have global relevance. The large body
of evidence underpinning the recommendations was derived not only from noise
effect studies in Europe but also from research in other parts of the world,
mainly America, Asia and Australia.
The guidelines also highlight data
and research gaps to be addressed in future studies.
Recommendations related to Aircraft Noise
For average noise exposure, the
Guideline Development Group (GDG)strongly recommends reducing noise levels produced by aircraft to below
45 dB Lden, as aircraft noise above this level is associated with adverse
For night noise exposure, the GDG
strongly recommends reducing noise levels produced by aircraft during night
time to below 40 dB Lnight, as aircraft noise above this level is
associated with adverse effects on sleep.
To reduce health
effects, the GDG strongly recommends that policy-makers implement suitable
measures to reduce noise exposure from aircraft in the population exposed to
levels above the guideline values for average and night noise exposure. For
specific interventions the GDG recommends implementing suitable changes in
infrastructure. Examples of infrastructure changes given include the opening and closing of runways and the redesign of flight paths.
The legal battle over the government's decision to approve the
construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport will proceed, after the High
Court granted permission for five legal challenges against expanding the
airport to proceed to full hearings.
Justice Holgate confirmed the cases lodged by five different
parties - including environmental campaigners and a group of Councils around
the airportwill be heard over 10 days
in March 2019.
Critics argue Heathrow expansion is incompatible with the UK's
long-term climate targets and is incompatible with statutory carbon budgets, in
addition to leading to increased local noise and air pollution upon a growing
Proponents of Heathrow Airport expansion, however, argue the
project is necessary for boosting jobs and growth, and that improvements in
aviation technology will make the new runway compatible with long term carbon
and air quality targets.
Many legal challenge supporters contend that immensely increased
activity related to 54% more flights will inevitably escalate surface transport
congestion, exacerbate the existing housing crisis and escalate the costs of
scarce business premises to totally uneconomic and unsustainable levels.
The five parties
challenging the UK government's decision this summer to grant permission for a
third Heathrow runway at the High Court are: a consortium including the local
authorities of Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Richmond, Wandsworth and
Windsor & Maidenhead, Greenpeace, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Heathrow
Hub Limited - promoters of a rival scheme to expand Heathrow; Friends of the
Earth; Plan B, an environmental campaign group; and Neil Spurrier, a Twickenham
The CAA is consulting on its Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy.
Point 5 of the executive summary states "The strategy sets out the ends, ways and means of modernising airspace. The ends are derived from UK government and relevant international policy and the ways of achieving them include new airspace design, new operational concepts and new technologies. To establish the means of delivering modernised airspace, such as the resources needed, this strategy requires deployment plans be drawn up including, in the future, a macro-level roadmap to be drawn up detailing the interdependent. airspace changes that are deemed necessary and when."
The preamble to the consultation can be found on this link. Click Here
The strategy can be found on this link: Click Here
On 25th June 2018, the UK Parliament voted to approve the
"Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and
infrastructure at airports in the South East of England" as presented to
Parliament pursuant to Section 9(8) of the Planning Act 2008.
The document outlines Government policy relating to airport
expansion in the south east of England with a third runway at Heathrow being its favoured option.
Opponents of the project have six weeks from the 25th to
challenge the scheme in the High Court via judicial review.
It is up to Heathrow Airport Limited (or a third party),
to apply for a development consent order for the project to proceed, depending on the result of any court proceedings.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 with the runway
opening in 2026.
It is with great regret and sadness that we inform Members
and others that LAANC Vice President Gerry Ceaser unexpectedly died over the
weekend of 24th / 25th February after a short illness. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his wife Zandra who
shared the LAANC Administrator role with Gerry and before that had served LAANC
as its Secretary.
Gerry was truly Mr LAANC as he actively served in leading
roles guiding LAANC for over 20 years, many as its Chairman and thereafter as
its Co-Administrator.LAANC is deeply
indebted to Gerry and Zandra.
Gerry’s early years on LAANC coincided with his Leadership
of Spelthorne Borough Council, being its Mayor and honoured as a Freeman of
that Borough, which helped us to appreciate Spelthorne Council Offices as the
host location of our meetings.His
knowledge of aviation activity and perceptive mind will be sorely missed in our
meetings and others such as the Heathrow Community Noise Forum, Heathrow
Airport Consultative Committee and its Steering Group.
Colin Stanbury, the LAANC Director, has kindly offered to
handle Administrative matters and contacts on a temporary basis until new
arrangements are agreed. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or on