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Biggin Hill Airport operating hours decision 'called in' by Bromley council

PUBLISHED: 09:26 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:48 15 December 2015

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The 'call in' procedure allows at least five councillors to request that a decision of the executive is reconsidered

The decision to grant an extension of operating hours, with stringent conditions and obligations for Biggin Hill Airport, has been ‘called in’ by Bromley council.

This follows the meeting of the executive and a meeting of the full council on November 25, where the executive approved the proposals by four votes to three, with council leader Stephen Carr having what proved to be the decisive vote.

A call in of a decision can take place in the five working days after the draft minutes of a meeting are published, and allows at least five councillors to request that a decision of the executive is reconsidered.

A council spokesperson said: “All councils that operate an executive model of governance are required to have call in arrangements.

“A meeting of the executive and resources PDS committee will be convened in due course, with the date not yet set.”

The committee will now meet to examine the call in along with the reasons and decide whether or not to ask the executive to reconsider their decision.

A spokesperson for Flightpath Watch, the opposition campaign group, said: “Flightpath Watch wholeheartedly supports the large group of councillors making this call-in, which will enable the decision to be meticulously scrutinised.

“It is clear that on November 25, all 18 recommendations had not been satisfied and therefore the application should have been refused.

“As an example the 50,000 movements offered by the airport is no longer regarded as necessary.

“Flightpath Watch is pleased to continue to represent the the views of the majority of residents that the council must refuse this application.

“People will know that Flightpath Watch are not against the sensible and phased development of the airport as long as it does not impact on the amenities of residents, which the additional operating hours will.”

A spokesperson for the airport said: “Our proposal has been approved by the council executive on two separate occasions.

“It has been approved by the meeting of the full council on two separate occasions.

“It has been strongly supported through two separate and extensive public consultations.

“The council recognise that our plans are the best way to sustain a successful, small airport focussed on business aviation and operating under strict noise guidelines.”

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