| NATS 2008 AIRSPACE CONSULTATION
STOP PRESS - AIRSPACE CONSULTATION TO BE RE-RUN (FEB 2009)
See SSE Press Release
See NATS Press Release
NATS Letter to SSE dated 19 Feb 2009
The NATS (National Air Traffic Services) airspace change consultation closed on 19 June 2008 and since when NATS has produced an initial feedback report on the responses to the consultation. In all, almost 16,000 individuals and c600 organisations replied to the consultation, with the majority condemning the propsed airspace changes.
The changes proposed by NATS would have a profound effect across much of East Anglia. They arise from the changes proposed in the flight paths and stacking holds not just for Stansted but also for Luton, Heathrow, Northolt and London City Airports. NATS claim that the reason for these changes is to improve the efficiency for airlines and the increase in air traffic. While designed to accommodate all the traffic using Stansted's single runway, they are also the basis for BAA's second runway planning application.
SSE is opposed to the expansion of airport capacity on the grounds of unsustainability, and it is therefore opposed to any changes that are designed to accommodate unsustainable expansion. SSE recognises that there would be winners and losers from different elements of the NATS proposal. However, because of the great number of flights which they are designed to accommodate there would be far more losers overall.
This would be especially the case in rural East Anglia. This is because NATS defines noise impact by the number of people overflown rather than by the noise which they actually experience, with the result that tranquil rural areas would suffer disproportionately.
It is partly as a result of this that the proposed changes would increase the route mileage flown for aircraft using Stansted by some 2,500 miles every day. In effect the need to reduce fuel usage, carbon emissions and noise has been subordinated to NATS' main objectives of accommodating more flights and improving the service for airlines.
Read SSE's response to the NATS consultation and view correspondence, press releases and presentations relating to the consultation and proposals via the links below. Some of the main maps relating to way in which the changes would affect Stansted flights are shown lower down this page, reproduced with the permission of NATS and Ordnance Survey, together with links to the NATS consultation website.
RESPONSES TO THE NATS CONSULTATION
MAPS OF THE PROPOSED AIRSPACE CHANGES
SSE PRESENTATIONS ON THE PROPOSED AIRSPACE CHANGES
SSE GUIDANCE ON RESPONDING TO THE NATS CONSULTATION (8 May)
SSE SUMMARY NOTE ON PROPOSED NATS AIRSPACE CHANGES (8 May)
CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY LETTER TO SSE ABOUT THE NATS CONSULTATION (26 Sept 2008)
SSE LETTER TO CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY ABOUT THE NATS CONSULTATION (22 Sept 2008)
NATS LETTER TO SSE ABOUT THE CONSULTATION (13 May 2008) (9.6MB)
NATS LETTER TO SSE ABOUT THE CONSULTATION (12 May 2008)
SSE LETTER TO NATS ABOUT THE CONSULTATION (2 May 2008)
SSE'S QUESTIONS TO NATS ABOUT THE CONSULTATION (18 April 2008)
For more maps and detailed information, consult the NATS reports below.
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NATS Proposals by your Postcode
NATS Proposals for Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and NE Essex Area
NATS Proposals for East Hertfordshire and West Essex Area
NATS Full Airspace Change Proposals
SSATAG letter to NATS
SSE Press Release
SSE Map Room