London Oxford Airport is acutely aware of its place within the local infrastructure and the impact of its activities on the local community. As a hub of over 20 individual businesses, collectively employing well over 1000 people, the airport aspires to attract more companies here, ideally involved in aviation and aerospace activities.
Accordingly, we routinely engage with our local authority – Cherwell District Council, on all matters pertaining to future development and aspirations, whilst we also hold four monthly Airport Consultative Committee meetings with representatives from the local community and other stakeholders with interests in what the airport does.
Noise issues are dealt with on a case by case basis by our Airport Manager and any communication on such matters is recorded and logged. A noise amelioration plan is published, routinely updated and made available to operators, be they rotary wing (helicopters) or fixed wing aircraft.
Since 2006, when the airport refurbished and widened the runway and installed a precision landing system, the airport committed to a Section 106 Agreement with the local authority placing for the first time, limits on operating hours and total movements at the airport. Additionally, there are limits on the hours when jet engine testing can be undertaken.
As a privately-owned business, the airport aspires to continually grow and develop its property, attracting new business to the area, albeit in a planned, sustainable manner and all significant proposed development will be tabled with the planning authority as required. Certain aviation related development to meet operational needs, is allowable under the General Permitted Development Order, Part 18 (Aviation Development) and the airport will use these rules for example when building a new hangar or other property hosting activities that have to be based on an airport.
From time to time any significant proposals for major development, or for local airspace or procedural changes will have associated stakeholder consultations and links to such consultations would be placed here.
For further information on these matters please contact:
Official Noise Complaint Line
Tel: +44(0)1865 290 664
General Noise, Environmental Issues & Consultative Committee – the Airport Operations Director
Tel: +44(0)1865 290 798
Future Development and Planning Matters – Head of Business Development
Tel: +44(0)1865 290 685