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Biggin Hill Airport operating hours decision to be debated after 'call in'

PUBLISHED: 11:03 29 December 2015

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Bromley council will meet on January 5 after at least five councillors requested the decision is reconsidered

The decision to extend operating hours at Biggin Hill Airport could be reconsidered by Bromley council as part of a ‘call in’ procedure.

After the ‘call in’ was announced by the council a fortnight ago, a date has now been set and the agenda for the meeting has now been published.

The council’s executive and resources policy, development and scrutiny (PDS) committee will meet on January 5 to examine the request.

The ‘call in’ request follows the executive’s decision to grant an extension of operating hours, with stringent conditions and obligations for the airport, following a meeting of the council’s executive and full council on November 25, where council leader Stephen Carr had the decisive vote in favour of the extension.

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

“In this instance, the executive and resources PDS committee will need to decide whether to grant the ‘call in’, which would then mean that the executive would need to examine the ‘call in’ and any rationale behind it.

“Alternatively, the committee could simply dismiss the ‘call in’ request.

“Although this is not a public meeting, in common with many other council meetings, the meeting is held in public and therefore, members of the public can attend.”

The ‘call in’ procedure is part of the council’s constitution and allows at least five councillors to request that a decision of the council is reconsidered, up to five working days after the draft minutes of a meeting are published.

Opposition campaign group Flightpath Watch expressed relief at the decision earlier in the month, with a spokesperson saying: “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: “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.”

The meeting will take place at Bromley Civic Centre at 7pm.

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