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Rochester Airport consultation set to start

by Jim Dunton Wed 17 July 2013, 5:02 pm

Proposals to redevelop part of Rochester Airport as a high-tech science park in bid to create up to 1,000 new jobs and safeguard the future of the facility are set to go out to public consultation.

Medway Council has prepared a draft masterplan for the reconfiguration of the 1930s airport’s runways that  would free up an 11 hectare  swathe of  the site, near Rochester Airport Industrial Estate, for redevelopment.

The council-owned site is currently leased to Rochester Airport Limited and, under proposals first aired last year, the authority is keen to agree new longer lease terms as part of a wider upgrade package for its buildings and facilities.

It says the new proposals would allow the nationally recognised Medway Aircraft Preservation Society to continue to use the site for heritage aircraft and open days, but will not lead to the site becoming a full-scale commercial passenger carrying airport.

Deputy council leader Alan Jarrett said the plan was aimed at  maximising the airport’s potential for job-creation and tourism.

"We have included residents and businesses in our plans from the start, including an exhibition held at the Innovation Centre earlier this year,” he said.

“This consultation will give them another opportunity to have their say before the masterplan is agreed."

The consultation on the plans is set to open on 22 July and run until 20 September. Feedback forms are available here.


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