Lydd Airport’s planning application – decision postponed again

8.9.2009     (Lydd Airport Action Group press release)

Once again Shepway District Council has acquiesced to the wishes of Lydd Airport,
resulting in the determination of its planning application being delayed from
September 24th 2009 until February/March 2010.

Lydd Airport Action Group (LAAG) neither believes nor supports the explanation
provided by Shepway District Council that Mr Gordon, Lydd Airport’s new Managing
Director since September 1st 2009, requires more time to assess the paperwork
involved in the two applications.

Mr Gordon has long been associated with Lydd Airport, being both a director and
shareholder, pre and post the acquisition of a controlling interest in Lydd Airport
by Sheikh Fahad al Athel in 2001.   He is therefore already familiar with most
of the issues associated with this application.  

Shepway District Council’s planning officers recommended in their report published
on July 1st, 2009 that Lydd Airport’s planning application be rejected largely
on environmental grounds.   Lydd Airport was unable to prove that its proposed
development would not have an adverse impact on the European designated sites
that surround the airport’s runway and therefore under the Habitats Directive
the development should be rejected.

Shepway District Council’s decision means a further period of house price uncertainty
for residents living under the proposed flight paths as the airport is a deterrent
to prospective residential property buyers.

Louise Barton

Lydd Airport Action Group

01797 361 548 


Notes to Editors:

(1) Lydd Airport submitted a planning application in December 2006 (Y06/1647/SH
& Y06/1648/SH) for a 444m extension to its runway and a new terminal to increase
its passenger numbers from <2000 per annum in 2008 to 500,000 passengers per
annum (ppa).   This planning application represents Phase1 of the airport’s Master
Plan objective to increase passenger numbers to 2million passengers per annum

(2) Lydd Airport’s planning application was scheduled to be determined on July
9th, 2009.   This was delayed at the behest of Lydd Airport to September 23rd,
later changed to September 24th.

(3) Lydd Airport is located less than three miles from the Dungeness Nuclear
Power Complex with a height restriction of 2000ft and less than two miles and
eight miles respectively from the Lydd (D044) and Hythe (D141) Military Ranges
with respective height restrictions of 4000 ft, and 3200ft. The airport is surrounded
by unique natural habitats protected under European and national laws and is located
under the main bird migratory route in the south of England. All these factors
make the location unsuitable for a regional airport.

(4) LAAG is an action group formed in late August 2004 to oppose the large scale
development of Lydd Airport.   LAAG has over 2850 active members.