Hogan Lovells Advises on Biggin Hill Airport Operating Hours Extension

30 April 2015 - Hogan Lovells has advised Biggin Hill Airport on its successful application to The London Borough of Bromley to extend its flying operating hours. 

Bromley Council has approved the new hours 'in principle' and will decide the length and timings of the extension pending noise monitoring.

The decision follows a two month consultation, which attracted the largest response to any Council consultation with 41,711 responses, in which 31,500 (76%) residents registered their support for the proposals. After a lengthy debate, involving 46 Councilors, a decision was made by the Council's Executive Committee with a vote of 36 Councilors in favour of the plans, with only ten Councilors opposing the request.

The decision will allow Biggin Hill Airport, which provides airport capacity for Business and General Aviation sectors to attract more based aircraft and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities operated by the many aircraft manufacturers and their agencies.

The decision will lead to the creation of 2,300 new jobs over the next 15 years and introduce a comprehensive programme of noise mitigation measures.

The Hogan Lovells team advising was led by London real estate partner Mathew Ditchburn, with planning partner Claire Dutch, associate Ben Wills, and Government Regulatory partner Charles Brasted and associate Ben Gaston.

Commenting on the decision, Mathew said:
"This is an important decision for Biggin Hill Airport that will allow it to meet increased demand for air travel in its core target business market, as well as create jobs for the local community".

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