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Decision on Biggin Hill Airport expected in June

by Marco Cillario Fri 10 June 2016, 10:58 am

Bromley Council will decide in June whether Biggin Hill Airport is meeting the requirements for an extension of its operating hours.

On 15 June, the executive will meet to consider the Management Information Letter: a document, presented by the airport managing director Will Curtis, which explains Biggin Hill’s reply to 24 conditions set by the council, landlord of the airport.

They must be met before the extension agreed in November 2015 – 6.30am to 11pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 10pm at the weekend and on Bank Holidays – can be implemented.

The conditions mainly concern the level of noise produced by aircraft travelling into and out of the airport.

A Noise Action Plan (NAP) was produced by Biggin Hill in August 2015. The document now under consideration describes how the NAP is to be implemented.

Councillor Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council, said: ”The council has discussed the detail of the airport’s proposal before and the principles that have been established are clear. 

“What we need to do now is examine the Management Information Letter which sets out how the airport will implement their NAP. We also need to be satisfied that the various conditions, which are designed to protect residents' interests, have been met.” 

The noisiest airplanes will have to be barred from flying from and to the airport during the early hours of the morning.

Authorities and people living locally will be able to track every flight and receive information about noise levels.

Also, tighter controls will be made on light aircraft, which have been the subject of many noise complaints. No-fly zones have already been introduced for this type of plane, along with bans on circuit training before 9am and after 5pm on summer weekends.

If the executive agrees that the conditions have been met, a deed of variation to the lease could then be entered into and the new operating hours would be applied. 

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