Dear Department for Transport,
Night Flying Restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted
Douglas Alexander as Secretary of State, Department for Transport announced decisions relating to night flights for the period from the end of October 2006 to 2012. It included :
To introduce a noise insulation scheme in respect of night time noise to be implemented
with immediate effect.
86. The Secretary of State has decided that the following criterion should apply to the administration
of the scheme:
The Secretary of State expects a scheme to be in place so that eligible residents can apply for
noise insulation early in 2007.
89. The Secretary of State has decided that, in line with the 'polluter pays' principle in The Future of
Air Transport White Paper that a mitigation scheme should be introduced to offer some residents
relief from the effects of night time aircraft noise.
Further to my FOI request of 2nd March 2009 (Your ref FOI ref - F0005051 ) and the release of the information concerning Heathrow supplied by BAA in 2008 :
The Heathrow Airport Night Noise Insulation scheme was launched to the public in
October 2007. A media announcement and communication campaign was made through
local newspaper publications to all affected areas where the boundary crossed. All of the
eligible households have been sent communication outlining the details of the scheme
including a Q and A information sheet and details for contact. The first invitations were
sent out in December 2007. 700 properties per month are being invited to participate in
the scheme. Since the launch to the scheme approximately 10,500 households have
been invited to take part in the noise insulation schemes. Approximately 3,000
completed application forms have been returned.
Given the scale of the scheme at Heathrow (around 41,100 dwellings within the
boundary), a phased approach to implementation is planned to manage the demand
against the capacity of the acoustic insulation market to treat eligible dwellings.
The main option for the phasing was a zonal approach by proximity to the airport,
prioritising those dwellings closest.
For the scheme implementation at Heathrow, the zonal approach has identified
geographical zones within the scheme area. The zones are prioritised for treatment in
order of their proximity to the airport. Residents in a zone are invited to participate in the
acoustic insulation scheme by targeted BAA mailshot. Around 2000 households per
quarter or 700 per month are being invited to participate.
The Government prescribed the following criteria for scheme administration:
• The eligible rooms will be bedrooms, or bed sitting rooms (which are used as
bedrooms on most days of the year) of residential properties only;
• Properties which have benefited from a previous noise insulation scheme
administered by the airport within 10 years of the launch of the scheme will not be
Under the Environmental Information Regulations please can you supply the information provided by BAA to allow DfT to monitor the ongoing roll-out of the scheme in 2009. Of particular interest is the number and location of properties that have the installation of insulation completed.
I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information about noise insulation for Heathrow night flights, which has been allocated the reference number P0006523. A response will be issued to you in due course.
Department for Transport
Information Rights Unit
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
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