Biggin Hill Airport limited hours decision
Published Wednesday, 25 March 2015
A limited extension of operating hours has been agreed in principal by the council’s Executive, with key conditions and obligations for Biggin Hill Airport to fulfil.
The agreement, which is subject to final ratification, followed a full council meeting and a subsequent meeting of the Executive. The council’s decision is now subject to discussions with Biggin Hill Airport before any formal agreement is confirmed.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “We have always said that our objectives are to see a successful airport whilst balancing the needs of residents for peace and quiet and this decision has these principles at the heart of them. We are willing to consider extending the operating hours if Biggin Hill Airport agree the key conditions which improve the situation for everyone. We firmly believe this is both reasonable and the right course of action, particularly as it absolutely must come alongside measures to demonstrably reduce the noise impact which will be clear to everyone and include a cap in overall flight movements.”
Councillor Carr added, “I would like to thank each and every person who did respond to our consultation as this has been helpful. There is still work to do with Biggin Hill Airport Limited before there is a formal agreement. It is important now that everyone comes together to achieve the best possible outcomes for all concerned, which has always been our focus.”
The conditions will include noise controls and monitoring, along with other conditions, including a cap on flight movements, all of which will need to be agreed with Biggin Hill Airport.
The agreement follows an 8 week period of consultation which saw the largest response to a council consultation, with over 41,000 responses received, with 31,500 or 76% indicating support for Biggin Hill Airport’s proposals. The same consultation also showed over 10,000 ‘no’ responses, a record response itself.
- Editor’s notes: The amended recommendation which the council’s Executive agreed, following the council meeting read “That subject to agreement from the airport to all concessions conditions and obligations which can reasonably be required in consideration for agreeing a variation to the operating criteria in the third schedule to the lease and subject to the Executive being satisfied with the concessions conditions and obligations negotiated, the Executive should then agree in principle to the extension of hours and consult again with council before the final decision is made.”
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