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Aircraft Noise

Complaints regarding aircraft noise may arise from commercial air traffic, light aircraft using Cranfield airfield, helicopters, or military operations.

The Local Authority is unable to take any action relating to noise from commercial air traffic. The noise output from these aircraft is controlled by construction regulations and restrictions on movements, and is only usually a problem to residents on the approach to major airports.

If you are regularly disturbed by noise from light aircraft, you should refer your concerns in writing to the Air Traffic Control at Cranfield Airfield. They will advise you if anything can be done. Tel. 01234 754761. Further advice can be obtained from the Aviation Environment Federation, High Timber Street, London EC4V 3NS, Tel. 0207 329 8359.

Helicopter noise can possibly be controlled if it originates regularly from a private property. Planning restrictions may apply, and noise made by the aircraft whilst on the ground, for example during engine testing, may constitute a statutory nuisance. The Environmental Health Unit can give you further advice and help regarding this. You may also wish to contact the British Helicopter Advisory Board, Fairoaks Airport, Woking, Surrey, Tel. 01276 856100.

The Local Authority has no powers to investigate complaints regarding noise from military aircraft. You could contact London Military on 0207 218 6020 for assistance.

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