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)
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.
Keep yourself up to date with the latest press reports, below:
You can read LAAG's evidence by clicking on the links below: Some of the files are quite large and therefore may take a bit longer to view.
LAAG/8/A - Economic Impact
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/12/A - Final Proof of Evidence
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
LAAG/10/A - Aviation Issues
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.
LAAG/4/A - John Large - Nuclear Safety
LAAG's Nuclear Evidence - Trudy Auty*, retired scientist
*More evidence from this source available on request.
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
For aviation aspects related to the nuclear case - see above: LAAG/10/A, LAAG/10/C, LAAG/10/E and LAAG/10/F
LAAG/11/A - Mark Watts Proof of Evidence
Changes since the Secretary of State’s 1992 decision to grant planning permission
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.