London City Airport

RPS prepared the planning application for increasing the number of flights at the airport; a step towards implementing the airport's master plan, developed in response to the Government's Aviation White Paper.

Working with the project team, RPS prepared the Environmental Statement, Sustainability Appraisal, Carbon Analysis, Health Impact Assessment and various supporting planning documents.

After detailed consultation and negotiation, the Local Authority approved the proposals to increase the permitted flights from 73,000 to 120,000 per annum. Particular issues addressed within the EIA and planning documents included:

The assurance that public transport provision would be adequate.

Managing changes in air quality, specifically due to the airport's location close to an Air Quality Management Area.

The unique noise monitoring system used to monitor and limit movements by weight and noisiness of the aircraft.

Effects of the airport's expansion on surrounding sites designated for development within the Local Plan or with existing planning permissions and the regeneration potential of the local area.

RPS has recently prepared Biodiversity and Sustainability Strategies in order to satisfy the Airport's S106 planning obligations.

In addition, RPS provided extensive design consultancy services for the extension and reconfiguration of an existing office building in which to consolidate the client's operations within a more contained area of London City Airport's boundary.

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