Plans to develop Lydd Airport in Kent into a modern regional airport have been given the green light by the Government after ministers agreed with a Planning Inspector’s recommendation to grant approval for a multi-million-pound development.


Managers at Lydd Airport (also known as London Ashford Airport) will now press ahead with upgrading the site on Romney Marsh. The £25million investment plans include the construction of a 294m runway extension plus a 150m starter extension, and a new terminal building capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year.

The airport’s owners have already spent £35million over the past decade in modernising the airport and will  now seek a meeting with Shepway District Council planners to begin the process of ensuring that the pre-commencement conditions are discharged, including environmental, noise, traffic and other conditions already agreed as part of the approval. 

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