Newham Council warns London City Airport over expansion disruption

By Rob Virtue on July 10, 2014 10:15 AM |

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Campaigners against London City Airport expansion fear years of night time disruption if a planning application is approved.

Stop City Airport released a statement 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.