LBIA Airspace Proposal

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Martin Baxter
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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:31 am

The Club has received an acknowledgement to it's letter of complaint. Now we just have to wait for them to consider the case and make judgement.

Martin Baxter
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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:50 pm

[From Lasham Gliding Society]

In November we were granted leave for a judicial review on two of our three grounds of complaint against the Farnborough ACP. Leave for a third ground was given only in so far as it was linked to the first two.

We made an application for renewal of the decision for leave which had been partially refused in relation to ground three and this application was listed for a hearing on 17 January. The purpose of this hearing was to have leave for the third ground re-considered on a stand-alone basis so that, if we were successful it would reinstate that ground of challenge in addition to the first two grounds. I am pleased to be able to report that the judge has now given us leave for a third ground, in addition to those of safety and efficiency.

It was decided that, in this third ground, it is arguable that the needs of General Aviation (including gliding), and Lasham in particular, had not been properly taken into consideration by the CAA in making its decision. Although the judge also decided that the CAA did not have to show that SIDs & STARs (procedural routes for arrivals and departures) were necessary, or that the CAA was in breach of its procedure in failing to undertake a further round of consultations with LGS, this does not affect our arguments in our grounds on efficiency or safety points.

We now have three independent grounds (instead of just two) for which we only need to win one for the CAA's decision to be struck out.

We have now received over £61,000 from 300 donors. [The BHPA has donated £2,000 to the cause.]

Martin Baxter
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Re: LBA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:46 pm

[Email from the CAA to RSAG. Not much more than an acknowledgement so I wouldn't bother with the detail.]

Thank you for your letter of 31 December 2018, addressed to Jon Round, on behalf of The Yorks, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Regional Soaring Airspace Group (RSAG). Jon has asked me to respond as the CAA’s Airspace Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

We received Leeds Bradford Airport’s (LBA) formal Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) on 18 December 2018 and have carried out a completeness check of the documentation. All ACP documentation has now been received and we therefore commenced Stage 5 (Regulatory Decision) of the airspace change process (CAP725: www.caa.co.uk/cap725) on 21 January 2019.

During Stage 5, all of the information provided by the change sponsor will be scrutinised and an assessment will be completed on the operational, consultation and environmental elements of the formal proposal. Focussing on the consultation assessment, we will assess the consultation materials and the methodology applied by LBA and review their management of correspondence received from stakeholders during the consultation periods to ensure that its contents have been properly captured and, where appropriate, responded to. We will look closely at the key issues and concerns raised by all stakeholders and consider any revisions that may have been made to the original proposal and, in any such case, the details of any subsequent consultations undertaken by the airport. We will also take into account any representations that have been made directly to us.

The detailed analysis that we complete is recorded in a ‘consultation assessment’ which, alongside the operational and environmental assessments, underpins our final regulatory decision whether or not to approve the change to airspace design requested. We publish these assessments on the airspace change pages of the CAA website.

While the content of your letter is noted, I hope that RSAG will appreciate that it would be inappropriate for me to provide any further comment at this moment in time as to do so could risk prejudicing the outcome of our regulatory assessment of LBA’s proposal.

RSAG will be able to view further updates and associated documentation on our website at https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-indust ... s/FASI(N)/.

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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:44 pm

The plot thickens.

If you follow the link in the previous post you can see that the North West Leeds Transport Forum has asked that the Secretary of State is called in to adjudicate on the grounds that noise will increase for far more residents than LBA predicted. The CAA now has 3 weeks to prepare it's assessment to the Department of Transport. The past 2 requests were rejected by the CAA.

I'm also aware that a Freedom of Information request has been submitted seeking publication of the redacted Enclosure 6.

rosiedarwood
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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by rosiedarwood » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:45 pm

Sounds promising...

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