Dublin Airport update as council seeks further information on €320m runway

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Fingal County Council has asked for additional information on Dublin Airport’s new north runway.

The council is seeking further detail on the planning application submitted by the DAA.

Under planning conditions imposed in 2007, the use of the new North Runway was limited between 11pm and 7am and an overall limit of 65 aircraft movements across the entire airport was imposed.

The airport authority submitted a new application to Fingal County Council last month seeking to overturn these limits.

The €320 million runway is expected to become operational next year.

The DAA wants to introduce a noise quota system that would operate between 11:30pm and 6am ahead of the opening of the runway later this year.

The proposal would also see grants of €20,000 paid to the owners of up to 350 eligible houses for noise insulation schemes.

The plan has been slammed by residents in areas surrounding the airport in submissions and observations made on the application.

A spokesman for Fingal County Council said: “The Planning Authority has sought further information from the applicant under planning reference F20A/0668.”

Last month, we reported on how one Swords couple, whose house is very near the new runway, said the changes would make their lives and the life of their special needs child “hell”.

They wrote: “Our biggest concern is about the quality of life of our special needs child, who is legally blind and is extremely sensitive to loud noises because of his disability.

“For years he was receiving therapy that was to help him control his fear of loud noise.”

The couple tried to sell their house two-and-a-half years ago but had no interest or offers due to how close it is to the new runway.

They added: “We have no way out, we have no way of protecting our special-needs child’s quality of life.

“We are stuck here, the new runway will turn our lives into hell and night flights will make this house impossible to live here, especially for our child.”

A spokesman for the DAA said: “A request for further information is a normal part of the planning process and we will be engaging with the planning authorities in relation to this.”

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Source: Dublin News