Consultation starts about Biggin Hill Airport operating hours
Published Friday, 16 January 2015
An extended consultation period has commenced about the extension of operating hours at Biggin Hill airport.
The 8 week consultation follows the submission of a proposal by Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) to extend operating hours at the airport, which also includes an increase in current operating hours, a commitment to reduce noise, a plan to increase jobs and a willingness to cap overall flight movements. The council’s consultation follows a pre-proposal consultation by BHAL which saw 15,000 local people respond, with 79% of responses in overall support of the proposals. Interested residents are invited to complete the online survey by no later than Friday 13 March when the consultation period closes.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “The council has owned the freehold of the airport for many years, generating a rental income for council taxpayers. The primary reason it was purchased was to ensure its long term success, whilst at the same time protecting residents’ interests from across the borough and those living under the flightpath.”
Councillor Carr added, “The airport’s willingness to consult local people about their plans is welcome. The council is conducting its own consultation which is in line with previous commitments as this is an important issue which affects all residents. We will look at this proposal very carefully in due course and I would strongly encourage all residents to make their views known to us.”
Residents and other interested parties can respond to the consultation by completing the short survey online at www.bromley.gov.uk/BigginHillairport. Detailed information about the proposals, including the noise action plan proposal and the outcome of the BHAL consultation is also available on the council’s website. The consultation period closes on Friday 13 March 2015.
The airport is currently open from 06.30 to 22.00 hours, Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 20.00 on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The current operating hours prohibit landings before 07.30 hours and departures after 21.00 hours Monday to Friday except for aircraft based at the airport which can depart between 06.30 and 07.30 and land between 21.00 and 22.00 which is sometimes referred to as the ‘shoulder’ period.
The new operating hours proposed by BHAL are 06.30 to 23.00 hours, Monday to Saturday and 08.00 to 23.00 hours on Sundays and public holidays. The proposal also restricts movements (flights in or out) in the first half hour of the day, Monday to Saturday, to 8 movements. Movements are also restricted to 8 in the last hour of the day Monday to Sunday.
The council is inviting all residents to take part in the consultation which will help inform the subsequent discussion and decision making process when the council’s Executive examine the BHAL proposal. The eight week consultation period which involves contacting all households across the Borough is the most extensive piece of consultation the council has ever conducted about Biggin Hill Airport.
The original consultation, including all the proposals and results can be found at BHAL’s website: www.bigginhillfuture.co.uk
Biggin Hill Airport is let to Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) for 125 years by a lease dated 6 May 1994. The use permitted by the lease is restricted to specific aviation uses including, in particular, business aviation.
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