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Airport hotel takes-off

PUBLISHED: 16:18 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

PLANNERS are delighted that proposals for an airport hotel have finally been given the go-ahead after two failed applications.

PLANNERS are delighted that proposals for an airport hotel have finally been given the go-ahead after two failed applications.

The 76-bedroomed building was approved during a development control meeting at Bromley council's civic centre last Tuesday.

The new hotel will also have a pilots' lounge, a club lounge, a restaurant and bar with views of the runway and training facilities.

Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) and architects firm EPR worked together on the building which will be made from local materials and will include stone panels and lead-like roofing.

Airport director Peter Lonergan said: "It's been a long hard road. We are thankful to councillors who spoke up in support of the project which demonstrates Biggin Hill's commitment to providing employment in this area."

The architects held a public consultation in March and hosted an exhibition at the airport.

Resident Pamela Greenaway, from Badgers Mount, said: "There is a real need for the hotel. The last planning application was quite big but this one seems ideal with 76 rooms. There is going to be somewhere to socialise and that is the main thing for us."

EPR architect Martin Potter said: "We are absolutely over the moon, very pleased indeed. We had a very good response from the public exhibitions and lots of people told us that they wanted the hotel. We only had a few people who objected to it, most people wanted it this time around.

"It will bring employment to the area and although the primary use is for people coming through the airport we do want local people to be able to use it as well."

Mr Potter said he is now waiting on a call from BHAL to give the go ahead on starting the project.

He said: "I'm not sure when work will start. We have been focusing all our efforts on getting the application right but hopefully we can get the ball rolling now."

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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