20 | Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH As FBB's Environs Officer, Rosemarie Meichsner is in constant dialogue with the political players in the surrounding municipalities, here together with the Management at the Mayors' Round Table initiated by FBB. Dialogue Forum – jointly promoting the airport region Last year, the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Dialogue Forum, a body recognised even beyond the region, again dealt with issues of regional growth in the airport vicinity. The main objective is to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the airport construction while at the same time reducing the burdens and challenges for the local population. Since the end of 2019, the committee has been chaired by the new chairman Dr. Alfred Reichwein. At the annual general meeting of the Forum, 69-yearold Dr. Reichwein was unanimously elected after a selection process lasting almost a year. How the region will develop up to 2030 and beyond, and what adjustments will need to be made by consensus to meet the particularly increased needs of the airport region will be one of the central issues of the municipal working group in its future work. One planning instrument for this is the joint structural concept for the airport region of Berlin Brandenburg 2030 (GSK), the continuation of which was agreed at the end of 2019. The final report with upstream expert and citizen participation is expected in April 2021. The traffic study for the entire area commissioned by the Dialogue Forum, which builds on the “Traffic and Bottleneck Analysis in the Airport Environs” of the Cottbus Chamber of Industry and Commerce, will also complete the holistic approach of the GSK in particular facets.
Neighbourhood around the airport | 21 Noise protection programme BER Protection for 26,000 households With the noise protection programme BER, FBB will protect around 26,000 households in Berlin and Brandenburg over an area of 155 km² from aircraft noise that is expected to be generated when BER goes into operation. To this end, FBB is conducting inventories in all households and determining for each property what individual measures are required for protection against aircraft noise. These measures can vary greatly depending on the location, condition and use of the property. While the installation of sound-insulation ventilators in bedrooms and children's rooms is often sufficient for properties in the night protection zone, properties in the day protection zone close to the airport often require very extensive work costing tens of thousands of euros. Once FBB has given its approval, the owners can commission a construction company of their choice to implement the noise protection measures. Thousands are hesitating to install sound insulation By the end of 2019, FBB had received just 21,900 applications for noise protection, of which 20,518 had been processed. While for 900 households it has been determined that no noise protection measures are to be implemented, around a further 6,800 households have been promised a compensation payment from FBB. This compensation payment will be due if the costs of the noise protection measures amount to more than 30 % of the market value of the property and building or if it is not technically possible to implement the noise protection. The owners of over 6,400 households have so far accepted this compensation payment, and FBB has already paid out more than 260 million euros for this. For the remaining almost 12,800 applications, FBB was able to promise funding to the respective households for the necessary noise protection measures. Around 3,700 households have so far taken advantage of this offer and implemented measures in whole or in part or found a special solution with FBB. The houses are thus equipped with ventilators, insulation or soundproof windows and are well prepared for the commissioning of BER, which is scheduled for October 2020. In the case of the remaining 9,000 households, no measures have been implemented thus far, although in some cases the documentation for commissioning noise protection measures has been available to the owners for several years.