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London Stansted Airport has commenced a public consultation on its draft Noise Action Plan (NAP) as part of its strategy to manage aircraft noise and reduce its impact on the local community.

The five-year action plan seeks to build on the progress that has already been made by the airport in managing the effects of aircraft noise on local residents.

It proposes a range of new measures, such as further restricting the use of the noisiest types of aircraft at night. It recommends stricter penalties for noisy aircraft.

The plan further recommends that improvements be made to the flying accuracy of aircraft using the airport’s departure routes.

“Our planning application to serve up to 43 million passengers a year comes with a commitment to grow within our limits.”

The number of people within Stansted’s noise contours has fallen since the publication of the first NAP in 2011.

Noise reduction has been achieved due to use of new, quieter aircraft and the introduction of satellite navigation to further improve aircraft track keeping.

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Besides focusing on the airport’s future growth, the latest draft plan assesses potentially associated noise disturbance to communities living near Stansted.

London Stansted CEO Ken O’ Toole said: “We have ambitious plans for Stansted that will create more choice for passengers, new terminal facilities and more opportunity for local people.

“Our planning application to serve up to 43 million passengers a year comes with a commitment to grow within our limits.

“This new draft Noise Action Plan will provide us with a roadmap for tackling noise disturbance which range from restricting the use of the noisiest aircraft at night through to investigating the use of steeper approaches to keep aircraft higher for longer.”

Following completion of consultation this year, the new plan will be presented for formal adoption by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) next year.