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Runway: Aerial shot of Dublin Airport where the DAA wants to operate more flights on a new runway due to become operational next year. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Runway: Aerial shot of Dublin Airport where the DAA wants to operate more flights on a new runway due to become operational next year. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Runway: Aerial shot of Dublin Airport where the DAA wants to operate more flights on a new runway due to become operational next year. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Fingal County Council has sought further detail on Dublin airport’s new €320m runway.

The local authority is seeking additional information from airport operator DAA on its planning application.

The runway is due to become operational next year and DAA is seeking amendments to the original 2007 planning permission that will be allow the 3.1km runway be used between 6am and midnight with a noise quota system used to dictate the number of night-time flights at the airport.

At the end of a 70-page report into the planning application, Fingal County Council has asked DAA to examine the noise impacts of the easing of restrictions over a 10- to 15-year period and to allow consideration for potentially the worst affected locations and to include properties closest to the airport.

The Council has also asked the DAA to provide information on the number of people who will be ‘highly annoyed’ or ‘highly sleep disturbed’ by ground and air noise.

In tandem with the Council move, the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA), established by Fingal County Council has determined that the easing of restrictions will result in a ‘noise problem’.

The ANCA has stated that the application proposes a situation “where some people will experience elevated levels of night time noise exposure for the first time which may be considered harmful to human health”.

The draft regulatory decision triggers a 14 week public consultation and all feedback provided will be considered by ANCA prior to the making of a final decision.

The planning application has attracted 205 submissions, including from State agencies with Tourism Ireland, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Enterprise Ireland all joining calls from the business and aviation sectors to have the runway restrictions eased.

The submissions also include support from 20 airline carriers serving Dublin Airport who want the restrictions to be lifted.

IDA Ireland, IBEC, Dublin Chamber and the Irish Exporters Association have also urged DAA to to win amendments so as to boost operational limits.

Global logistics firms at the airport, DHL, Fed Express and UPS have told the Council that the planning application by DAA doesn’t go far enough.

However, a large number of residents in north Dublin are opposed to the plan and they have been backed by a range of politicians, including Minister for Children, Roderic O’Gorman TD (Green), Clare Daly MEP and Ciaran Cuffe MEP (Green).

Mr Cuffe has told Fingal County Council that this is a time of climate and biodiversity emergency.

“Now is a time to reduce rather than increase the number of flights through Dublin airport,” he said.

“Surrounding communities have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes, particularly at night-time.”

On the Council request for additional information, a DAA spokesman 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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