Jo Johnson MP Opposes Biggin Hill Airport plans
PUBLISHED: 17:52 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 17:53 16 February 2011
I am "strongly opposed" to Biggin Hill Airport's plans to seek changes to its Lease, as my submission to Bromley Council's consultation makes clear.
Running scheduled services and carrying individual fare paying passengers requires the explicit permission of Bromley Council, as landlord. If these restrictions are lifted, even if only temporarily for the Olympics, the Council risks undermining a key point of principle. It might inadvertently pave the way for further legal challenges by BHAL, which, if successful, could turn the airport into another Luton, with larger and noisier planes.
It is inappropriate, given the population density of areas under the flightpath and the limitations of local infrastructure, for BHAL to seek become a major passenger airport.
It is preferable for the airport to develop organically as a centre of excellence for aviation services, with capabilities in service and maintenance facilities for the business jet market.
The airport has been around since the dawn of aviation, played a historic role in the Second World War and will, I hope, contribute greatly to the local economy in the years ahead. But, to fulfil its potential, it needs to co-exist in harmony with large neighbouring residential communities. That’s why my submission to the consultation (available on my website www.jo-johnson.com) urges the Council to give the concerns of my constituents, especially those under the flightpath, the greatest weight in its deliberations.
MP for Orpington