The Airports (Noise-related Operating Restrictions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018
Commencement: 23rd July 2018
These Regulations apply to airports in England or Wales with more than 50,000 civil aircraft movements per year.
They designate competent authorities for the purposes of Regulation (EU) No 598/2014. The Regulation establishes the rules and procedures on the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at airports within a Balanced Approach,
The Balanced Approach is a practice promoted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Airports are encouraged to initially assess the current noise situation and use this to define a noise baseline, future objectives and an accompanying noise management plan.
The competent authority are responsible for ensuring application of the balanced approach and compliance with the procedure for adopting operating restrictions, when determining a planning matter in relation to a relevant airport within their area. Depending on the decision to be taken this would either be the local planning authority, the Secretary of State or the Welsh Ministers.
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