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Views canvassed over airport hotel plan

PUBLISHED: 17:40 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

ARCHITECTS have submitted the final plans for a 76-room airport hotel. Bromley council accepted an application from Biggin Hill Airport Limited last Friday and there will now be a 16-week consultation period, with a decision expected in mid-August. The

ARCHITECTS have submitted the final plans for a 76-room airport hotel.

Bromley council accepted an application from Biggin Hill Airport Limited last Friday and there will now be a 16-week consultation period, with a decision expected in mid-August.

The new hotel, if approved, will have 76 bedrooms, a pilots' lounge, a club lounge, a restaurant and training facilities. The restaurant and bar will have views of the runway.

A spokesperson for Biggin Hill Airport Limited said: "We are confident that the application will be successful.

"We have listened to residents' points of view about what they want and we think we can give that to them.

"Every single person who filled in a form made positive comments. There have been two other applications which were declined because of their design and their size which we feel we have addressed."

The building will take up 1.4 hectares and be sited on the corner of the junction of Main Road and Churchill Way.

Local materials including stone panels and lead-like roofing will be used to build the hotel which is expected to be either three or four-star.

Hotel director for architects EPR, Martin Potter, said the building would fit in with its surroundings and would reflect the historical legacy of the important airfield.

He said: "This is a modern building - we don't want it to look like a cottage. There will be a Biggin Hill theme to the hotel with memorabilia displayed. It would be a shame to be here and not give some background about its history."

Situated 12 miles from the capital, Biggin Hill Airport is used by a variety of private aircraft from single engine private Piper up to Gulfstream, Embraer, Dassault Falcon, Cessna and Bombardier jets.

If successful, the hotel could be built by 2010. Two previous applications were refused owing to the size and "unimaginative" design, the last one being in 2006.

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