Airport opening hours extension approved
Mon 30 November 2015, 4:04 pm
Bromley Council has granted approval to Biggin Hill Airport to extend its opening hours, but provided it follows “stringent conditions and obligations”, particularly in regard to noise restriction.
The decision to approve the extension of the airport’s operating hours was made at a full meeting of the council at the Civic Centre on 25 November. During a vote, 29 councillors supported the proposals, 19 voted against and 10 abstained.
However, Biggin Hill will not operate its new hours – 6.30am to 11pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 10pm at the weekend and on Bank Holidays – until a series of conditions are complied with, according to the council.
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.
“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 focused 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.”