Luton Airport planning application to vary passenger cap and noise contours

Closed 17 Feb 2021

Opened 18 Jan 2021


The operator of London Luton Airport has submitted a planning application (reference 21/00031/VARCON) seeking consent to increase the capacity of the airport from 18 million passengers per year (mppa) to 19 mppa, and to amend the day and night noise contours.

This application will be determined by the Local Planning Authority (LPA), which has validated the application and begun the 30-day statutory period of consultation.

The application can be viewed on Luton’s planning portal at by entering the application reference number in the ‘application search’ field, and comments can be provided via the portal until 17 February.

The application seeks variations to the airport’s existing planning permission (reference 15/00950/VARCON, dated 13 October 2017), including to conditions 8 (passenger throughput cap), 10 (noise contours), 22 (car parking management), 24 (travel plan) and 28 (approved plans and documents).

The LPA will determine the application in line with standard procedures, taking into account local development and national planning policy and guidance, and other material considerations. A decision will be taken in due course by a full meeting of the development control committee.


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