Aircraft noise reduction plans
It's being claimed that residents living in and around Brookmans Park could benefit from reduced noise pollution due to proposals for new flight paths for London's airports.
The plans are being announced in an effort to reduce the impact on towns and shift it to the countryside.
According to the Times Online, thousands of homes in rural areas will be blighted by aircraft noise, but others currently blighted, including Hatfield, may have fewer aircraft passing over them at low levels.
The Times says the worst bottleneck to be removed by the changes is over Brookmans Park, where departure routes from Heathrow, Luton, London City and Northolt converge. The Times claims the main losers locally will be those living north of St Albans.
You can check how the proposals will affect your home by going to the NATS air traffic control site, scrolling to the bottom of the page, entering your postcode and checking the existing and proposed routes.
There will now be a 13-week public consultation and the changes, once approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, are likely to come into force a year from now. You can discuss this issue in this site's forum.
21 February 2008