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Public Inquiry 16 February  - 15 September 2011

The public inquiry ran from February 15th to September 16th, 2011, having originally been scheduled to last 4-6 weeks. The inquiry was held in the Shepway District Council's Council chamber. There were five Rule 6 Parties (able to cross examine) opposed to the planning application - Natural England, RSPB, Kent Wildlife, CPRE and LAAG and two in favour - Lydd Airport and Shepway District Council. The Shepway Labour Party  registered as a Rule 6 Party in favour of the development, but failed to attend.
   Public Inquiry Timetable (updated  25 August 2011)
    LAAG's Opening Statement to the Public Inquiry
    LAAG's Evidence to support the absence of an economic case and the need for the development
    LAAG's evidence - Shepway District Council's unlawful decision to grant planning permission on 3 March 2010

    LAAG's Aviation Evidence - Malcolm Spaven, Spaven Consulting
    LAAG's Nuclear Evidence - John Large, Large & Associates
    LAAG's Nuclear evidence - Dr David Pitfield, Transport Studies, Loughborough University
    LAAG's Nuclear Evidence (Aviation Aspects) - Malcolm Spaven, Spaven Consulting
    LAAG's Evidence to support its belief that the planning application should be based on 2mppa - Mark Watts,       Luther Pendragon, Brussels.
    LAAG's Closing Statement to the Public Inquiry
    Changes since the Secretary of State’s 1992 decision to grant planning permission

    Post public inquiry consultation April/May 2012

Build-up to the Inquiry

October 2010  -  LAAG submitted its Statement of Case for the Lydd Airport public inquiry.You can read it here.. This was the first of a number of milestones which were undertaken before the start of the public inquiry on February 15th, 2011. The Statement of Case sets out the basis on which LAAG argued its case to the Inspector.  

24 June 2010 - The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government called-in London Ashford Airport’s (Lydd Airport’s) planning application for a public inquiry. 

3 March 2010 - At the Shepway District Council meeting on 3 March 2010, the councillors overturned the recommendations of their planning officers and voted to support the airport's planning application. The vote was 27 for, 13 against and 1 abstention.

Press Reports of the Inquiry                     LAAG Press Releases            LAAG Facebook Page

Keep yourself up to date with the latest press reports, below:

Date Media Report
15 March Meridian News view
3 March RSPB Blog view
22 February BBC view
22 February Meridian News view
21 February The Guardian view
21 February Telegraph view
19 February The Independent view
16 February Kent on Sunday view
15 February Kent on Sunday view
15 February BBC view
15 February Heart view

LAAG's Evidence to the Inquiry

            LAAG's Opening Statement 
            LAAG's Evidence to support the absence of an economic case and the need for the development
            LAAG's Aviation Evidence - Malcolm Spaven, Spaven Consulting
            
Nuclear Evidence

LAAG's Evidence to support the absence of an economic case and the need for the development

You can read LAAG's evidence by clicking on the pdf icon links below: Some of the pdf icon files are quite large and therefore may take a bit longer to view.

LAAG's evidence  - Shepway District Council's unlawful decision to grant planning permission on March 3rd 2010.

Evidence obtained by LAAG as a result of a Freedom of Information request shows that Shepway District Council colluded with Lydd Airport to concoct a scheme that would enable councillors to vote in favour of Lydd Airport’s planning application on March 3rd 2010. Evidence from Natural England was also withheld from members to ensure the yes vote was not impeded. The decision was unlawful. When a whistle blower came forward to give evidence on LAAG’s behalf, LAAG was banned from giving oral evidence on this subject at the public inquiry. more

LAAG's Aviation Evidence - Malcolm Spaven, Spaven Consulting

Malcolm Spaven specialises in assessing, and developing solutions to, the impact of aviation on the environment and the impact of planning developments on aviation.  more about Malcolm Spaven

Nuclear Evidence

LAAG's Nuclear Evidence - John Large, Large & Associates

John Large is a Chartered Engineer who from the mid-1960s through to the late 1980s, was a full-time member of the Academic Staff at Brunel University and,  he founded Large & Associates in 1986 specialising in the nuclear field.
more about John Large
Note
: The following documents are not included: LAAG/4/C, LAAG/4/F, LAAG/4/H, LAAG/4/J, LAAG/4/L and LAAG/4/N. These are appendices for paper based users. All John Large's work is fully electronically referenced from the prime source - anyone with access to email will not need these appendices.

LAAG's Nuclear Evidence - Trudy Auty*, retired scientist

*More evidence from this source available on request.

LAAG's nuclear evidence - Dr David Pitfield, Transport Studies, Loughborough University

Dr Pitfield has been a lecturer and researcher at Loughborough University from the 1970’s and is currently the programme director for the undergraduate degree in Air Transport Management.  more about David Pitfield

LAAG's Nuclear Evidence (Aviation Aspects) - Malcolm Spaven, Spaven Consulting

    For aviation aspects related to the nuclear case - see above: LAAG/10/A, LAAG/10/C, LAAG/10/E and LAAG/10/F

LAAG's Evidence to support its belief that the planning application should be based on 2mppa - Mark Watts, Luther Pendragon, Brussels.

            LAAG/11/A - Mark Watts Proof of Evidence
            LAAG/11/B  - Appendices Overall Face    Appendix A Face   Appendix A Cranfield Report 
                Appendix B Face   Appendix B   Appendix C Face   Appendix C    Appendix D Face    Appendix D Page 1
                Appendix D Page 2    Appendix E Face   Appendix E
            
LAAG/11/C - Summary of LAAG/11/A and LAAG/11/B
            LAAG/11/D - Rebuttal of LAA evidence
            LAAG/11/E - Appendices to Rebuttal of LAA Evidence Overall Face   Appendix 1    Appendix 2   Appendix 3
                 Appendix 4
            LAAG/11/F - supplementary evidence

Changes since the Secretary of State’s 1992 decision to grant planning permission
          
 
LAAG/6/A - Changes since 1992    Appendices Overall Face   Appendix 1 Face  Appendix  1   Appendix 2                   Face   Appendix 2   Appendix 3 Face  Appendix 3   Appendix 4 Face   Appendix 4    Appendix 5 Face
                  Appendix 5   Appendix 5A Face    Appendix 5A Page 1   Appendix 5A Page 2   Appendix 6 Face
                  Appendix 6   Appendix 7 Face   Appendix 7   Appendix 8 Face   Appendix 8    Appendix  9 Face
                  Appendix 9

Post public inquiry consultation April/May 2012

LAAG submitted further evidence by Dr Roberto Trotta (Imperial College London) in early April 2012 on the inadequacy of the methodology used by the Office for Nuclear Regulation to justify its decision NOT to oppose Lydd Airport's planning application. This led to a government sponsored consultation on Dr Trotta's report and the new planning policy framework.  The following is LAAG's response to this consultation.

          Letter to Department for Communities and Local Goverment May 2012    Appendix 1    Appendix 2