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Kent: Fighting airport expansion

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CPRE Kent is fighting a proposal to extend the runway and expand terminal buildings at Lydd Airport, which could result in passenger numbers shooting up from 3,000-4,000 a year to as many as 500,000.

The airfield is in one of the most remote and peaceful parts of the county, and – as well as increasing noisy flights over the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – expansion of the terminal could greatly affect the amount of traffic on the ground.

CPRE’s expert witness, Graeme Willis, has been giving evidence at the public inquiry of the threat to tranquillity, transport and planning issues, and impacts on local quality of life. A decision is expected in the autumn.

The inquiry is likely to be followed closely by CPRE Surrey, which is fighting plans to increase flights in and out of Dunsfold airfield, near Cranleigh.

Follow the Lydd Airport public inquiry at www.cprekent.org.uk.

As well as increasing noisy flights over the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – expansion of the terminal could greatly affect the amount of traffic on the ground.




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