Inquiry opens into Lydd Airport plans

Contributed by editor on Feb 15, 2011 - 08:30 AM

The public inquiry into expansion plans for London Ashford Airport (Lydd) starts today (15 February) at Shepway District Council's Civic Centre in Folkestone.

The first day, which starts at 10am, will be set aside for the inspector to officially open the inquiry and to confirm who will be appearing to speak for and against the planning applications for a new terminal building and a runway extension.

No detailed submissions will be heard on the first day and the inspector will then adjourn the inquiry to enable him to carry out accompanied site visits for the rest of the week.

The inquiry will re-open on the Tuesday 22 February for opening statements by the principal parties, before the inquiry moves on to look at issues on a ‘topic' basis - like ornithology, noise, ecology, nuclear safety and socio-economic considerations.

Members of the public will be able to speak at the inquiry. Dates provisionally set aside for this are Friday 1 July, Tuesday 5 July and Wednesday 6 July.

Anyone wishing to speak at the inquiry should contact the Programme Officer whose details can be found here where there is more information about the inquiry, including the programme. The programme officer can also be contacted on 01527 65741.

The inquiry is currently scheduled to last for 13 weeks, although this is subject to change. Once the inquiry has formally closed the inspector will then prepare his report, with his recommendations to the Secretary of State, who will then make the final decision on the applications.

"We do not expect to hear from the Secretary of State until the latter part of 2011 at the earliest," said Chris Lewis, Shepway District Council's Head of Planning Services.


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