The Noise Action Plan brings together all our noise management activities into one living document. The document includes specific actions that will be implemented by LBA® to manage the effects of noise arising from airport activities, in order to minimise, as far as practicable, any adverse impact on the local communities surrounding the airport.
The Noise Action Plan is a legal requirement under the Environmental Noise Directive (END) (2002/49/EC), relating to the assessment and management of environmental noise. The END was transposed into English law by the Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended).
Noise Preferential Routes (NPR’s) are in place for departing jet aircraft and were developed as a performance route to direct departing jet aircraft over the least populated areas. All departing jet aircraft are required to follow the NPRs, however, sometimes this may not be possible due to weather conditions or conflicting traffic. In addition, turboprops and light aircraft are exempt from the NPR.
Four permanent noise monitoring stations are in operation to measure noise levels to ensure the airport is operating in compliance with our noise restrictions. Two noise monitors are located in Horsforth, one is located in Menston and one in Burley-in-Wharfedale. The noise monitors are positioned at each side of the two designated NPRs. Leeds City Council undertakes all of the airport’s noise monitoring, which is reported via the Airport’s Consultative Committee and the Leeds City Council Planning Committee.
Light aircraft operate out of the south side of the airfield for pilot training and other leisure and business purposes. When a pilot is training they have to undertake ‘circuits’ of the airfield to practice landings and take-offs, however, sometimes the light aircraft will have to 'orbit' within the circuit, in a holding position under the instructions of Air Traffic Control. In respect of orbiting aircraft, most airports with public transport operations (as is the case at Leeds Bradford Airport) have to orbit light aircraft as a matter of course.
The airport has offered two noise insulation grant schemes in the past. The first scheme was associated with the runway extension in 1981 and the second scheme was associated with 24 hour availability in 1994. There have been no significant airport developments (to impact upon noise exposure) since 1994 that would require the airport to offer a further noise insulation grant scheme and therefore no schemes are available at this present time.