Lydd Airport bosses says they will now be seeking an early meeting with Shepway District Council planners to begin the process of ensuring that the pre-commencement conditions are discharged, including environmental, noise, traffic and other conditions already agreed as part of the approval.
– Hani Mutlaq, Lydd Airport Executive Manager
We submitted our planning applications in December 2006 and it has been a long road to get to where we are today. We put forward a compelling case for allowing the controlled development of the airport, and first the local planning authority and now the Government has agreed with the overwhelming body of evidence in front of them. The right choice has been made for the future of our community.
Managers at Lydd Airport say they will waste no time in pressing ahead with upgrading the site.
Their £25m investment plans include the construction of a 294m runway extension and a 150m starter extension plus a new terminal building capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year.
Lydd Airport Executive Manager Hani Mutlaq said the Government's decision was a "victory for common sense and for the people of Romney Marsh.
The Leader of Shepway Council, Cllr Robert Bliss, said he was delighted with the Secretary of State’s decision to approve plans for a runway extension and new terminal building at Lydd Airport.
This vindicates the decision we made in March 2010 to approve the expansion plans. We spent several hours debating all the issues and were aware of the environmental concerns expressed by some parties. _However we were confident that any impacts could be mitigated and that the undeniable benefits to the Marsh economy outweighed any environmental impacts. As a council we believe that the expansion plans will offer an economic lifeline to the Marsh._
– Cllr Robert Bliss, Leader, Shepway Council
The area is losing its power stations at Dungeness and there is no other significant employer waiting in the wings. An expanded airport will have the capacity to provide a range of jobs and this must be good for our Marsh community.
The Lydd Airport Action Group has been campaigning against the expansion of the airport.
Louise Barton told ITV News it would continue to fight the plans and expected the proposal now to be embroiled in years of legal wrangling.
"The whole nuclear safety argument has been completed disregarded," she said.
Excellent news. The government has just given approval to the expansion plans for Lydd Airport. Let's get the Romney Marsh economy growing.
Its official Lydd Airport has its approval.
The go ahead's been given to expand Lydd Airport.
The scheme was dubbed one of the most controversial projects in the South East.
Management at the London Ashford International airport at Lydd wanted to extend the runway and build a new terminal building to cater for half a million passengers a year. But campaigners said it would devastate the local environment.
Breaking: An announcement about plans to expand Lydd airport In Kent is expected to made by the Secretary of State at 5pm. The proposals, which divided locals, have been under consideration for years, leading the government to call in the decision.