Press Release: May 16 2014
LAAG’s Appeal unsuccessful: Danger ahead
Airport Action Group (LAAG) is disappointed that we have been unable
to quash the government’s decision to grant Lydd Airport permission
to extend its runway and build a new terminal to support a throughput
of 500,000 passengers per annum.
288 Appeal focuses heavily on process, not the merits of the facts.
This development will lead to the introduction of large aircraft,
such as the Boeing 737, taking off and landing within 60 seconds
flight time of the Dungeness Nuclear power complex. No other regional
airport in Europe, and possibly the world, will be located as close
to a nuclear power complex.
contends this development will result in the probability of an
aircraft accident at the Dungeness Nuclear power complex being
outside the threshold which the nuclear regulator regards as
Airport’s expansion is not in the public interest.
Notes to editors:
Lydd Airport is owned by Sheikh Fahad al-Athel, a Saudi businessman.
Shepway District Council determined Lydd Airport’s planning
application on March 3, 2010, 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,
2011. LAAG’s case centred heavily on the nuclear safety issue. Our
evidence shows that the probability of an aircraft accident at the
Dungeness Nuclear complex resulting from airport expansion would be
unacceptably high and that the nuclear regulator’s decision not
to oppose Lydd Airport’s development was flawed.
2012 four additional consultations took place to review new evidence
on nuclear safety. This added to the body of material already
available which showed: the model on which the ONR based its
regulatory decision NOT to oppose Lydd Airport’s development is
not fit for purpose, there are major errors in the application of
this model to the Lydd Airport/Dungeness situation and that the ONR
has failed to be accountable in the face of the challenge to the
basis of its regulatory decision.
decision to grant planning permission for Lydd Airport’s
development was made by the Secretary of State for Communities and
Local Government and the Secretary of State for Transport on April
2013. LAAG’s High Court Hearing took place on Thursday January
and Friday January 24th,
complaint to the European Commission over the nuclear safety aspects
of this planning application has resulted in the European Commission
investigating the UK Government under the EU Pilot Mechanism for
possible infringements of the Nuclear Safety Directive. The
investigation is on-going.
LAAG is an action group formed in 2004 to oppose the large scale development of Lydd airport. LAAG has ~3000 members.