Eligible households near Dublin Airport can receive a €20,000 grant to help insulate their Dublin Airport homes from aircraft noise at night.
The requirement for airport operator DAA to award the €20,000 grant to eligible households is one of several conditions attached to a planning decision by Fingal County Council to lift operating restrictions on the new €320 million runway of the airport are cancelled.
The new runway is scheduled to open to commercial air traffic next Wednesday, August 24.
In its decision, the municipality changed two planning requirements that were associated with the 2007 planning approval decision for the runway.
Before the runway could be put into service, the DAA sought amendments to the 2007 runway planning permit that would allow the 1.9-mile (3.1 km) runway to be opened between 6 a.m and midnight, and that a noise quota system would be used to dictate the number of night flights The airport.
The 2007 building permit restricts flights between 11pm and 7am.
DAA has now succeeded on both fronts with Fingal County Council’s decision.
As part of its 245-page planner’s report on the case, the council concluded that the motion would “further protect Dublin Airport’s role and the long-term convenience of residents in the area”.
A spokesman for the DAA said today it welcomes Fingal County Council’s decision to amend and replace two conditions related to the North Runway’s planning permission.
He said the council’s decision “provides for limited extended use of the new runway during key late evening and early morning rush hours and includes a generous thermal protection scheme for eligible local residential properties.
“It also envisages replacing a cap on night-time aircraft movements with a better-designed noise management quota system that encourages the use of quieter aircraft, an industry-standard approach to aircraft noise management at major international airports around the world.
“This will be complemented by further noise reduction and increased monitoring measures. The planning decision helps provide the operational flexibility Dublin Airport needs to allow for renewed growth and the development of international connectivity at Ireland’s key gateway.
“North Runway is a significant milestone for the Irish economy, the local economy, for Dublin Airport and its customers. It will improve Ireland’s connectivity as a gateway between Europe and North America and support the creation of 31,200 new Irish jobs and €2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043.”
The lifting of restrictions will be suspended if the decision is appealed to An Bord Pleanála by North Dublin residents, as expected.
The application met with numerous objections from the north Dublin area.
In an objection to the DAA plan, Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman, a Green Party TD for Dublin West, called the noise levels that local residents will experience if planning restrictions are lifted as “unacceptable”.
However, the aviation industry backed the plans with 15 airlines including Dublin Airport’s two main customers Ryanair and Aer Lingus offering their support.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/homeowners-near-dublin-airport-to-get-20000-grant-to-insulate-their-homes-from-aircraft-noise-41916202.html Homeowners near Dublin Airport will receive a €20,000 subsidy to insulate their homes against aircraft noise