Response 660956920

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Tier 1a: Evidence of engagement

9. At certain stages in the process (starting with the development of design principles at Step 1b) the CAA will look for evidence of a two-way conversation to see that the sponsor has adequately engaged stakeholders. In paragraph C9 the CAA describes the evidence that we will look for as "detail of what sponsors have been told by their audiences; how they responded to this feedback; and how it has affected the proposals they are bringing forward".    Has the CAA adequately detailed what we would expect to see to know that a two-way conversation has taken place?

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What else to show two way conversation?
The process seems vague and doesn't indicate how those impacted will be identified and consulted. How will you ensure all those impacted know what is underway? Based on what we have experienced in relation to the Luton Airport expansion the consultation process in general is deeply flawed. We are now suffering constant flights of low flying aircraft overhead and were not informed this would happen, nor was the Luton expansion consultation flagged in our area. But we are heavily impacted by constant noisy flights from Luton. And noisy Heathrow flights are now flying lower over our homes as a result of the increased traffic in this area. This is unacceptable. I do not see how the guidance ensures such a situation does not recur.

Tier 1a:Third-party facilitation

10. At various points in the process (starting with the development of design principles at Step 1b) the CAA suggests that voluntary use of a third-party facilitator could be useful. Should the CAA be more prescriptive as to how and when a facilitator could be used?

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Tier 1a: Categorisation of responses

12. In paragraphs 177 and C34-C36, and Table C2, we discuss the categorisation of consultation responses. The sponsor is required to sort consultation responses into two categories: i) those responses that have the potential to impact on the proposal because they include new information or ideas that the sponsor believes could lead to an adaptation in a lead design option or a new design option, and ii) those that do not. Is the CAA's explanation of the categorisation exercise and description of the categories sufficient?

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Categorisation - additional detail
It is not clear that the Sponsor is not conflicted. Would this better to be overseen by a 3rd party to ensure accountability.

Tier 1a: Options appraisal

13. In paragraph E25 and E34 the CAA states that methodologies for the various aspects of the options appraisal should be agreed between the CAA and the sponsor at an early stage in the process, on a case-by-case basis. This provides flexibility for different local circumstances. Does this approach strike the right balance between proportionality and consistency?

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Tier 2: Permanent and planned redistribution

20. Are there any other comments that you would like to make about the CAA’s potential Tier 2 process?

Tier 2 - other comments
I would again point to the Luton Airport expansion which hasn't been properly consulted and a constant stream of flights well below 7000 feet is now heavily impacting populated areas and causing other flights (i.e. from Heathrow) to fly much lower than previously. Relying on the service provider to ensure is fraught as they are heavily conflicted. Better checks and balances need to be in place to protect communities.

Tier 3: Other changes to air operations affecting noise impacts

22. Where industry does not follow the CAA’s guidance in respect of Tier 3 changes, or where there is a clear breakdown of trust between an airport and its stakeholders, is it appropriate for the CAA to publicly draw attention to this?

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24. In relation to mitigating the impacts of Tier 3 changes, our draft guidance says that the focus should be on exploring the options for mitigating the change through two-way dialogue, because of the local and often incremental nature of Tier 3 changes. Does the guidance need to give more detail?

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