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Rochester Airport vision goes on show

by Jim Dunton Thu 16 May 2013, 12:37 pm

Medway Council has set out its vision for developing part of Rochester Airport with a new hi-tech business zone that could create up to 1,000 jobs.

A two-day event this week demonstrated how a new runway layout  at the facility could allow 29 acres near to Rochester Airport Industrial Estate to be developed as new science and technology hub, at the same time securing the future of the 1930s airport.

The council, which owns the site - but leases it to Rochester Airport Limited, wants to close one of the existing grass runways and replace it with a new parallel grass and paved runway and hopes to create a new aviation-heritage attraction as part of the site’s redevelopment.

It is also keen to see the redevelopment of some of the site's existing buildings.

Deputy council leader Alan Jarrett said the proposals would secure the future of Rochester Airport for generations to come.

“I would encourage both residents and businesses, especially those living near the airport, to help us to shape how best to protect the site and open it up for business, tourism and the wider community,” he said.

Medway Council said comments from the event would be fed into a “final masterplan” process for the site, and that a further consultation event would be held later in the year.

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