Last night’s special full council meeting approved the proposal from Biggin Hill Airport to extend their working hours and development plans which included creating 2,300 jobs and an aviation college.
Councillors voted 29 for Approval, 19 voted Against, with 10 Abstentions. Some abstained as they formed the Executive Committee which would make the final decision after the Council meeting. That resulted in 4 for Approval and 2 Against.
Residents filled the hall as many were worried about the noise implications but the Airport management promised to double their efforts and work with the council to develop a comprehensive noise mitigation strategy so they can deliver their promise to reduce the agreed noise footprint of the airport by half. Our ward is not under the flight path but after many meetings and ploughing through reams of documents the Labour Group voted in favour of the increased business opportunities for Bromley and the sustainability of the Airport. Our residents had participated in the consultation 840 for Approval and 67 Against.