Press Release: May 29 2013
LAAG lodges appeal with High Court over Lydd Airport decision
Airport Action Group (LAAG) has lodged an Appeal with the High Court
of Justice over the government’s decision to grant Lydd Airport
permission to extend its runway and build a new terminal to support a
passenger throughput of 500,000 per annum.
application is brought under Section 288 of the Town and Country
Planning Act 1990 to quash the decisions of the Secretary of State
for Communities and Local Government and the Secretary of State for
Transport made in their letters dated April 10th,
is represented by Matthew Horton QC
Notes to editors:
Airport is owned by Sheikh Fahad al-Athel, a Saudi businessman.
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,
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 regulator’s
decision NOT to oppose Lydd Airport’s development was flawed.
There is an on-going investigation of the UK government by the European Commission under the EU Pilot Mechanism in response to LAAG’s complaint about nuclear safety in relation to Lydd Airport’s development.
LAAG is an action group formed in 2004 to oppose the large scale development of Lydd airport. LAAG has ~3000 active members.