CHANGES to Stansted Airport’s flight paths have resulted in a tenfold increase in complaints by villagers, it has been claimed.

The amended flight paths, brought into place in February by air traffic control provider NATS, have left many residents feel their lives have been adversely affected.

Representatives from the airport and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are hosting meetings to discuss residents’ concerns.

Andy Bennett, Stansted liaison officer for Felsted Parish Council, said the council understands the number of complaints has increased 10 times since last year.

He said: “Whilst we represent the concerns of our communities, it is very important for residents affected by the increase in noise disturbance to themselves have the opportunity to speak with representatives from the airport and NATS.

"This is especially important when considering the airport’s growth plans.”

One of the sites, Andrewsfield Airfield, that is being considered by Braintree and Uttlesford councils for a major new garden settlement as part of its Local Plans, sits right beneath the current flight path.

A spokesman for Great Notley Parish Council said: “At the July meeting of the Parish Council it was noted that various complaints in relation to aircraft noise had been received from residents and it was agreed to request a noise survey within the Parish.”

The sessions are being hosted in Hatfield Health Institute today between 4pm and 8pm, at High Easter Village Hall on November 9 between 3pm and 7pm, and at Felsted Memorial Hall on November 15 between 4pm and 8pm.