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Noise: Heathrow Airport

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 13th June 2011.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in implementing the provisions of the Noise Policy Statement for England at Heathrow and the surrounding area.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE) is becoming embedded in a wide range of policies including the White Paper “Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon—Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen”, published in January 2011, and the consultation document “Developing a sustainable framework for UK aviation: Scoping document”, published in March 2011, both of which affect Heathrow and the surrounding area.

Furthermore, the various noise action plans adopted under the environmental noise directive, including those covering the London agglomeration, major roads, major railways and Heathrow airport also embrace the principles found in the NPSE.

Consequently, good progress is being made in implementing the NPSE at Heathrow and the surrounding area.

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