Work is to begin on how Thanet District Council would respond to a new draft masterplan for Kent International Airport, which is expected to come forward in the next year.
A decision was taken on Tuesday, by the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Panel, to form a Working Party to look at the development of the airport. They will review the available reports and information and consider the position that the Council could take when responding to a draft Masterplan.
They will also look at the results of the public consultation on the 106 Agreement, which was carried out in 2005. That showed that there was general support for the expansion of the airport, with significant opposition focused in areas under and beside the flight path. There was also concern about night flying.
Cllr. Bob Bayford, Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Panel, said: “This is all about preparing for the next stage of the development of Kent International Airport. The Council is aware that a draft Masterplan is likely to be produced by the airport’s owners over the next year and we need a set of ‘experts’ in place, who fully understand the background to this and are familiar with all the reports and data available. The best way of doing that is to establish a Working Party, whose members can learn all about what has happened and indeed what is currently happening at other airports across the country. That means that, when the draft Masterplan comes forward, they will be in an excellent position to advise the Council and its Cabinet when decisions need to be made about the future development of the airport.”