Thou­sands share views on air­port plans

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Jenny Round

MORE than 2,000 re­sponses have been sub­mit­ted fol­low­ing a sixweek con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod on plans to ex­pand Lydd Air­port.

Shep­way Dis­trict Coun­cil held evening pre­sen­ta­tions, week-long ex­hi­bi­tions and also had dis­plays of the plans across the dis­trict.

The con­sul­ta­tion fol­lowed the sub­mis­sion of two plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions by Lydd Air­port, one for a 500,000-pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal build­ing and the other for a run­way ex­ten­sion.

Terry El­lames, ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor, said the con­sul­ta­tion had been a suc­cess. The pub­lic feed­back and com­ments will form part of the re­port that will go be­fore a meet­ing of the full coun­cil.

Mr El­lames said: “We have also re­ceived a num­ber of re­sponses from those or­gan­i­sa­tions we have to con­sult with on plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions such as this, in­clud­ing the South East Re­gional As­sem­bly, the South East Eng­land De­vel­op­ment Agency and Nat­u­ral Eng­land. We are ex­pect­ing fur­ther com­ments from other key bod­ies by the end of April, in­clud­ing our own en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant.

“Of­fi­cers are ex­pected to com­plete the re­view of all the con­sul­ta­tion and com­ments by the end of April. It is likely that more in­for­ma­tion will be re­quested from the ap­pli­cants,” he added.

No date has yet been set for the ap­pli­ca­tion to go be­fore full coun­cil.

Shep­way’s ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tions and projects co­or­di­na­tor Terry El­lames

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