Airport hotel planned for Biggin Hill

PUBLISHED: 17:34 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:02 12 August 2010

Airport hotel planned for Biggin Hill PLANS for a hotel at a historical airfield are due to be submitted to a council in January.

Airport hotel planned for Biggin Hill

PLANS for a hotel at a historical airfield are due to be submitted to a council in January.

Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) and architects firm EPR are finalising plans for the bespoke upmarket hotel at Biggin Hill Airport which they plan to give to Bromley council as soon as possible.

Two former applications by BHAL and hotel company Ramada were rejected because of their size and 'unimaginative' design.

A spokesperson for Biggin Hill Airport said: "We were hoping to have them submitted by now, it is taking longer than expected but we are hoping to submit them imminently.

"The airport is still consulting the plans. We have had a positive response from residents. Almost all the people who attended focus groups like the idea. It has been well received.

"There is a need for a hotel. We want to keep people in the area. Crew and pilots are often forced to go all the way into London just for somewhere to stay. But we want them here so they spend money in local shops and supermarkets."

The hotel's design will incorporate the history of the airfield but former plans to have a health club have been scrapped for the time being.

An EPR spokesman said: "It would be a real shame to ignore the heritage of the airport which is so unique. We have been in consultation with residents and with people who will use the hotel and they are telling us what they want.

"They want a nice bar and restaurant and rooms with views over the airfield. This is not going to be a motorway hotel, it will be completely different.

"Two applications have been rejected and we wanted to learn from that. We don't want another to be returned."

A Bromley council spokesperson said: "We have not received a formal application yet but if we do we will consult with residents."

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