The government established the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) in November 2018, seen by many as yet another toothless quango lacking the expertise to deal with this important topic.

In a statement last week Aviation Minister Robert Courts said that it is to be wound up and taken into the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

“Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a reduction in aircraft movements in most areas, and with it a reduction in associated noise, but as the government focuses on building back better and ensuring a successful UK aviation sector for the future, aviation noise will increase from current levels. It is therefore vital that government has appropriate and credible advice on aviation noise related matters.

“Following an independent review of ICCAN conducted earlier this year, I have concluded that many of ICCAN’s functions would be more efficiently performed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which already has a wider environmental remit. This will help ensure that noise is considered alongside other policy outcomes on the basis of high quality research and advice.

The CAA also plans to establish a new Environment Panel to provide it with independent expert advice on a range of environmental issues including carbon, air-quality and noise.