Plans to increase flights from Biggin Hill Airport were rejected at a fiery meeting last night.
The operators of the airport proposed to increase flights from 21 per day to 32 for the Olympics. Chislehurst sits beneath the flight path; there were fears that the temporary extension would lead to a permanent expansion at the facility.
But in two council meetings last night the plans were thrown out.
In a lively public meeting chaired by Mayor George Taylor councillors voted 37 to eight against the plan. All three Chislehurst councillors spoke against the proposal. During the meeting – which was peppered by spontaneous applause from the public – one person was physically moved from the microphone after making a long statement about the proposal.
While the Bromley Council Executive abstained in the first vote, it unanimously voted against the application in a meeting that followed.
“We have not been convinced by the case presented to us. The airport was purchased to protect residents’ interests and we will not forget this,” said Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council.
At the end of the meeting Carr proposed a future review of the Biggin Hill Airport lease, which has 108 years to run. Bromley Council is the freeholder.