17th January, 2005
These guidelines are intended to assist those involved in establishing, running and participating in airport consultative committees. They supersede the guidance issued by the then Department of Transport in 1987-88.Aerodromes to which section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 applies have a responsibility to provide facilities for consultation. However, this guidance will also be applicable to any aerodrome with a consultation process and others with an interest in consultative procedures. We recognise the differences in circumstance between individual aerodromes and that arrangements and procedures for one committee may not be appropriate for another. It is important that the aerodrome and the committee retain the flexibility to adapt to local circumstances.
The purposes of consultation are:
However, consultation is not intended:-
The nature of adequate faciltities for consultation will depend upon the type and scale of the aerodrome operation and is likely to be site specific. An aerodrome engages with those affected by and involved in its operation in a number of ways, of which the consultative committee is only one mechanism.However, the Department of Transport recognises that the best means of ensuring fair treatment of the different categories is through a consultative committee formed for this purpose. This provides an opportunity for the aerodrome to consult relevant groups simultaneously, but also allows those groups to engage with each other directly.A consultative committee provides:
The terms of reference of the committee should be sufficiently widely drawn to allow it to consider all matters arising from the operation of the aerodrome. The exact terms of reference will be at the discretion of the committee of the committee but would be expected to cover existing and proposed facilities, and services at the airport, input into environmental monitoring of the aerodrome, surface access responses to formal consultation papers issued by government and other regulatory authorities, and consideration of the economic, and the social and environmental impact of committee recommendations.
Chairman. To maintain the confidence of the general public it is important that the Chairman should no be closely identified with any sectional interest.Secretary. As with the Chairman the Secretary, too, should not be closely identified with any sectional interest. A local authority may be suitably placed to carry out this function.
Section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 specifies the categories of bodies or organisations that should be consulted. It states that the person having management of any aerodrome to which this section applies shall provide:-
The aerodrome should have an agreed formal procedure for recording complaints about aircraft noise and other impacts of the aerodrome on the environment.For more detailed information on the Department for Transports Guidelines you can download the full document from our website by clicking on the link below. DfT’s Guidelines for Airport Consultative Committees