An extension of operating hours has been agreed by the Council’s Executive, with stringent conditions and obligations for Biggin Hill Airport to fulfil.
The agreement followed an earlier meeting of the full council on Wednesday. The airport will still not be able to operate the proposed operating hours, which were reduced following the March Executive meeting, until a series of conditions are complied with.
Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “There has been much debate and many opinions shared about this whole proposal, which we have listened to and I recognise that this has polarised opinion. The new operating hours, with the stringent conditions that are being imposed, will deliver noise reduction benefits for residents.
Councillor Carr added, “This is a complex matter but for the first time, noise and movements in the early morning period will be limited. This is made possible by a condition of noise monitoring and flightpath tracking previously not available, which also crucially allows the local authority, residents and other interested parties to track each and every plane which will substantially improve transparency and accountability. The whole purpose of reviewing the Noise Action Plan every five years is to keep focussed on the noise levels that residents, particularly under the flightpath, face daily. There is much work still ahead and we will make sure that residents are informed and work with them to achieve the best possible outcomes for all.”
The news follows an application by the council’s tenant, the airport, last year, to extend the operating hours and introduce a Noise Action Plan along with plans to improve the local economy.
If all the conditions are met, the new operating hours will be 6.30am to 11pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 10pm at the weekend and on Bank Holidays.
The airport’s package of proposals also included proposals for job creation and investment in the local economy, with more companies based at Biggin Hill.
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