Projects

London Ashford Airport

CSA advise on landscape effects of airport development at Public Inquiry

Services

Landscape,

Sectors

Infrastructure,

Date

2010 – 2013

Client

London Ashford Airport Ltd
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Following a lengthy Public Inquiry in 2011, the Secretary of State granted planning permission for a new passenger terminal, runway extension and car park at Lydd Airport, Romney Marsh, Kent. The consent allows for up to 40,000 aircraft movements per year and the runway extension and new terminal building will allow commercial jets, such as 737 500s, to operate from the airport.

CSA advised the airport on the landscape effects of the proposed development and on the effects of aircraft in flight on designated and cultural landscapes. Managing Director, Clive Self, presented evidence to the Inquiry on the impact of the development and in particular the effects of increased aircraft movements on tranquility. Clive has advised on a number of airport developments and developed a methodology for assessing the effects of commercial aircraft in flight. Based upon the evidence before him, the Inspector concluded that ‘ there is no basis for suggesting that continued aviation activity would change the cultural landscape …’ and went on to say that despite strong objection to the scheme from the CPRE and local action groups the applicant had provided the only expert assessment of the effects of the development on tranquility and landscape.