Damian continues to raise issues that impact local communities across East Hampshire, including concerns about flight traffic and noise at Farnborough Airport as well as concerns regarding motorbike noise along some key routes in the constituency.
Airspace Changes at Farnborough Airport
Pic: Damian with representative from Lasham Gliding Society
TAG Farnborough Airport began work on an Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) as far back as 2014, with a view to introducing a new airspace design near the airport. After several consultations, the ACP was eventually approved by the CAA in July 2018,
Lasham Gliding Society applied for a Judicial Review of the CAA decision in October 2018, which was ruled on by the High Court in August 2019. Their decision was not to uphold the JR, with the implementation of the ACP going ahead in February 2020.
Throughout the consultation period, Damian continued to engage with local stakeholders, the CAA and TAG, representing the concerns of local residents and communities.
Part of the engagement with the CAA and TAG was to seek greater clarity on the proposed change in flightpaths and the potential impact this may have on communities in terms of being overflown, and at what height.
The attached matrix was put together by TAG and gives more information for the towns and villages most affected within East Hampshire. The chart includes details of the current arrival and departure flightpaths, and heights they're flown at, compared to the new flightpaths and heights proposed in the ACP.
A Post Implementation Review of the ACP was due to take place in late 2020, but has been postponed due to the impact of the pandemic. Damian continues to liaise with the Department for Transport on both the timing and scope of the review. He has also had contact with the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) to discuss the matter, and more information on the ICCAN can be found at: https://iccan.gov.uk/
Detailed information on the CAA's decision on the ACP is available at: https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Airspace/Airspace-change/Deci…