Aviation noise and public health

This is ICCAN’s first review exploring the relationship between aviation noise and people’s health. 

ICCAN commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to bring together previous reviews examining the existing evidence around the relationship between aviation noise and people’s health. 

A note setting out the key findings and ICCAN’s next steps has been produced to accompany the review. You can download the note below. 

You can also download Aviation noise and public health: rapid evidence assessment further down this page. 

ICCAN was supported by two members of our expert panel in this work,  Dr Charlotte Clark and Dr Ben Fenech. 

Dr Charlotte Clark, Associate, Arup

Charlotte works for Arup on large infrastructure projects, researching and advising on environmental noise effects on health. Previously, Charlotte was expert advisor to the UK Airports Commission regarding noise effects on health and learning, and worked at Queen Mary University London conducting research on the effects of environmental noise on health.

Dr Ben Fenech, Group Leader, Noise and Public Health, Public Health England (PHE) 

Ben works for the government’s public health agency PHE, advising on noise and environmental public health issues. Previously, Ben worked in the private sector as an acoustic consultant, advising on environmental acoustics, building acoustics, industrial acoustics and noise control, and prior to that in academia developing sound measurement systems for aerospace applications.

The Independent Commission on Civil Aviation noise ceased operating on 30 September 2021.

You can read the Government’s statement on ICCAN’s closure and Head Commissioner Rob Light’s letter to the Minister to learn more.

Any further questions about ICCAN’s work or aviation noise should be directed to the Department for Transport.