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Lydd Airport manager pleads for expansion plan approval

Lydd aerial view
A report recommended expansion plans should be refused

The managing director of Lydd Airport in Kent has urged the district council to approve plans to extend the runway and to build a new terminal.

Jonathan Gordon urged Shepway District Council's 46 members to vote yes to the proposals despite some local opposition.

The plea followed the publication of a report by council officers recommending the applications were refused.

Councillors are due to meet to determine the application on 3 March.

Significant investment

A planning officer's report, made public on Friday, expressed concern over possible adverse effects an extension would have on conservation areas and the impact of noise on local residents.

Mr Gordon said: "We have invested £27m in Lydd in recent years and plan to invest a further £25m in the project to deliver a modern, sustainable regional airport that Kent can be proud of.

"This is a significant private sector investment in the future of the Marsh at no cost to the public purse.

"We have painstakingly prepared our applications and we are disappointed that Shepway officers are not recommending a resolution to grant."

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