Press Release: April 10 2013
Lydd Airport development approved by SOSs - legal challenges to follow
The Secretaries of State (SOSs) for Communities and Local Government and Transport have approved the development of Lydd Airport. The planning inspector also recommended approval. This is despite the development infringing at least two European Directives: the Habitats Directive and the Nuclear Safety Directive - opening the government to legal challenge.
Infringement proceedings under the Pilot Mechanism for the Nuclear Safety Directive are already underway.
Lydd Airport Action Group
The Hook Madeira Road
Littlestone, TN28 8QX
01797 361 548
Notes to editors:
Airport submitted a planning application in December 2006 to both
extend the runway at Lydd by 444metres and build a new terminal to
accommodate up to 500,000 passengers per annum (ppa.). This is
Phase 1 of a longer term plan to increases passenger numbers to
airport was unlawfully granted planning permission from Shepway
District Council on March 3, 2010.
Following over 14,000
letters in protest, the Secretary of State called in the decision
for review by a Public Inquiry in June 2010. The public inquiry was
conducted from February 15th,
2011 to September 16th,
During 2012 four additional consultations took place to review new evidence on nuclear safety. This reinforced the body of evidence produced since 2007 which demonstrated that the nuclear regulatorís decision NOT to oppose Lydd Airportís development was flawed.
LAAG is an action group formed in 2004 to oppose the large scale development of Lydd airport. LAAG has ~3000 active members.