Many of the respondents to the stage 1 consultation suggested that we should take account of the findings of the Airports Commission before making any changes to the night restrictions regime. The commission’s final report is due to be published in summer 2015, preceded by an interim report at the end of this year.
As noise impacts are a key consideration for the commission, we agree that it would not be sensible to make any significant changes to the current regime before the commission has completed its work and the government has had time to consider its recommendations. We therefore propose to set a 3 year regime to last until October 2017 which will retain the main features of the current regime, in particular the numbers of movements and noise quota permitted.
I will place a copy of the consultation in the libraries of both Houses.