London Southend Airport
The airport lies partly in Southend-on Sea and partly in the District of Rochford and both Southend and Rochford Councils are relevant planning authorities.
Southend Council owns the freehold of the airport, but it has been leased since 1994 to London Southend Airport Company Limited, which is now a subsidiary of the Stobart Group.
As part of the Airport Company's expansion and development plans, Southend Council has considered very carefully how best to achieve an appropriate balance between encouraging airport development and economic growth; while adopting tough measures to protect residents as much as possible from the environmental impact of aircraft movements, particularly at night.
New controls have been put in place, which impose much more stringent controls on flights, and especially night time movements. Compliance is monitored by the Airport Consultative Committee and the Council and an Airport Monitoring Working Party has been established to review the position.
The new controls include the following important restrictions:
- The number of possible night flights per month has been reduced from more than 900 to 120
- The night period has been increased from 6 hours to 7.5 hours
- Strict noise controls have been introduced on aircraft operating from the airport
- Night time passenger flights are generally prohibited
- There is now a runway preference scheme to restrict the number of take offs and landings over the south west, Leigh on Sea area.
In addition, a clear summary of the new controls has been produced to assist everyone Operational Controls Summary Table.
Regular easyJet passenger flights to European destinations commenced from the airport on Monday 2nd April 2012, after planning permission for the runway extension was granted in April 2010. At that point the new controls came into effect.
Noise ComplaintsThe planning agreements linked to the runway extension required the Airport Company to set up a Noise Complaints Handling Service. As a result, the Airport Company now has a Noise Manager and a complaints procedure agreed with the Council.
The Council itself is not responsible for handling noise complaints about the Airport, which should all be taken up with the Airport Company in one of the following ways:
- By submitting a complaints submission form - located on the airport website at www.southendairport.com/contact-us/comments/
- By writing to: London Southend Airport Company Ltd, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 6YF
The Planning Agreements (s.106 agreements) associated with the grant of planning permission for the airport expansion include the provision for a Property Acquisition and Sound and Thermal Insulation Grants Scheme to be set up. In December 2013, the Airport Company is required to submit noise contour information showing the properties they consider qualify for the Scheme, which will have been established over the preceding 18 months. This will then have to be agreed by the Council. Once agreed, any qualifying properties would be entitled to improvements to glazing and/or roof insulation at the Airport Company's expense. This procedure will then be repeated again every two years.
Property Acquisition and the Sound and Thermal Insulation Grants Scheme
Property owners do not need to contact the Airport Company or the Council to qualify. Property owners who qualify for the Scheme will be contacted directly by the Airport Company in writing including details of the Scheme plus an application form to complete if they are interested. Once the qualifying property owners have been contacted, the Airport Company will publish both the contours and a list of qualifying properties in its Annual Report (see page 21 of the 2013 report for information regarding the Scheme), which in turn is made publicly available on the Airport Company's website on the following page:http://www.southendairport.com/news/london-southend-airport-amp-noise/
Those qualifying property owners that return a completed form and declare an interest are contacted by the Airport Company's surveyor who visits the property and provides a report detailing how the property owners may benefit from the Scheme, including an assessment on the current standard of sound insulation. The property owners will subsequently be contacted to confirm what they are entitled to under the terms of the Scheme.
In extreme cases, the Airport Company is duty bound to offer to purchase the property pursuant to the Scheme.
Claims under the Land Compensation Act 1973 (as amended) in respect of Runway Extension at London Southend Airport:A number of residents have been contacted by solicitors about compensation claims for loss of property value as a result of the development of the airport.
Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973 provides that compensation may be claimed by residents who own and occupy property near the airport and who can prove their property reduced in value by a demonstrable increase in noise, vibration, smell, fumes etc. caused by the runway extension.
The Compensating Authority is the company operating the Airport (London Southend Airport Company Limited), not the Council.
Any owner-occupier wishing to pursue such a claim under the 1973 Act is strongly advised to obtain independent specialist advice.
Correspondence on the subject should be sent to The Estates Surveyor, London Southend Airport Company Ltd, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6YF. Further details regarding making a claim can be found on the airport website at www.southendairport.com/news/part-1-compensation/.
Last updated: 29th October 2013
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