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Noise Action Plan

Information about the Stansted Airport Noise Action Plan

A Noise Action Plan is a five-year plan to assess, consider and manage aircraft noise at the airport. It is a key part of delivering broader UK Government noise objectives that are to limit and, where possible, reduce the number of people in the UK significantly affected by aircraft noise. Noise Action Plans are a legal requirement under European Union Directive 2002/49/EC relating to the Assessment and Management of Environmental Noise. This Directive is commonly referred to as the Environmental Noise Directive or END. The requirements of the END are transposed by the UK Government in the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 as amended (“the Regulations”).

The Noise Action planning process operates in five-yearly cycles. The aim is for each subsequent Noise Action Plan to build on existing progress to manage the effects of aircraft noise on people. This is the third Noise Action Plan for London Stansted Airport and it is based on noise maps prepared by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) showing the situation at the airport in 2016. The Noise Action Plan includes existing and proposed measures to manage aircraft noise and shows how we intend to measure and report progress against our targets. Following a consultation of this new plan with local stakeholders during 2018, it will be presented for formal adoption by DEFRA in 2019. 

We have a range of stakeholders who have an interest in the airport and their views and comments are an important part of our planning process. The Noise Action Plan is an important document for London Stansted Airport. We are committed to being open in sharing our plan and ensuring that it reflects the views of the airport’s users and neighbours.

The Noise Action Plan, Executive Summary and the Supplementary Information are available to download here. 

Print friendly versions of the Noise Action Plan and Supplementary Information are available here.

Consultation commenced with our consultative committee on 25th July 2018 for three weeks, followed by a nine week public consultation starting on 15th August 2018 and closing on 17th October 2018.

Whilst we will be happy to receive all comments, to help structure responses, a questionnaire has been developed as an editable PDF, which we encourage people to use where possible. You can download the questionnaire here. 

If you have any comments on our Noise Action Plan or any questions or queries about the consultation a dedicated email address is available for people to share their views with us

You can also post your completed questionnaire or any comments to us at:

Community Relations, London Stansted Airport, Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Road, Stansted CM24 1QW