Residents meet Environment Minister to discuss City Airport

BCAW delegation at Stormont

The Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has told local residents he has yet to make a final decision on the shape of his forthcoming inquiry into modifying the noise regulations governing George Best Belfast City Airport. The Minister met a delegation from the umbrella residents’ campaign group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), at … [Read more...]

Aviation Strategy

The UK government is currently consulting on a new aviation strategy for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It plans to publish the strategy in 2013 and promises that it will address the issue of noise. Find out more about the consultation on the strategy at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2011-09 You can read our response to the … [Read more...]

George Best Belfast City Airport and noise – the facts

These statistics on noise levels are taken from consultants’ reports commissioned by the city airport and made available to the Airport Forum. The statistics on late flights were provided by the airport to the Airport Forum. As these statistics show, the number of people exposed to ‘significant’ levels of aircraft noise near George Best … [Read more...]

Residents celebrate legal victory over City Airport planning agreement

Minister's decision to remove passenger limit quashed by High Court judge Local residents affected by aircraft noise are celebrating a landmark legal victory in their campaign for tougher noise controls at George Best Belfast City Airport. A High Court judge has quashed a decision by the previous Environment Minister, Edwin Poots, to remove a … [Read more...]

Residents welcome concession of airport court case but cautious about inquiry move

Residents welcome concession of airport court case but cautious about inquiry move Numbers seriously affected by aircraft noise treble to 11,000 in just three years See the Minister’s announcement here Local residents have reacted cautiously to news that the Environment Minister is considering modifying the noise regulations governing the … [Read more...]

Airport campaigners welcome withdrawal of ‘developers charter’

Airport campaigners have warmly welcomed the withdrawal by the Environment Minister of a controversial draft planning policy which was branded a 'charter for developers', and which could have paved the way for George Best Belfast City Airport to be permitted its long-sought runway extension. The residents' umbrella group, Belfast City Airport … [Read more...]

Environment Minister Alex Attwood not to adopt PPS 24 following consultation

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced that he will not introduce proposed new planning policy after listening to the public, business groups and the commercial sector. Draft Planning Policy Statement 24 (PPS 24) had proposed that full account should be taken of the economic implications of a planning application. Read the full DOE … [Read more...]

Residents surprised at further runway inquiry delay

Local residents have expressed their surprise at a last-minute move by George Best Belfast City Airport which will further delay the long-awaited public inquiry on the airport's controversial proposed runway extension. The body holding the inquiry, the Planning Appeals Commission, recently wrote to residents who objected to the plan inviting … [Read more...]

Controversial planning document could pave way for runway extension

Belfast City Airport Watch brands new planning policy a 'charter for developers' Local residents have expressed their alarm at a draft planning policy document which could pave the way for George Best Belfast City Airport to be permitted its long-sought runway extension. The residents’ umbrella group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), says … [Read more...]

Runway extension public inquiry – urgent action needed

The public inquiry on George Best Belfast City Airport’s proposed runway extension is to get underway later this year. If you submitted a formal objection to the airport’s planning application for the runway extension, you should have received a letter from the Planning Appeals Commission asking you whether and how you wish to be represented at … [Read more...]