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Airport masterplan cleared for take-off

by Jim Dunton Sat 1 February 2014, 9:59 am

Medway Council has endorsed a long-term masterplan for the future of Rochester Airport, which includes the creation of an 11.7 hectare hub for science and technology firms expected to create 1,000 jobs.

The proposals will also see improved facilities at the airport itself, including replacing many of the existing buildings and facilities and a reconfiguration of the existing runways.

Medway said the runway changes would allow for the business hub to be developed on land adjacent to Rochester Airport Industrial Estate that is currently part of the airport site.

Councillor Alan Jarrett, Medway’s deputy leader and finance lead, said the masterplan proposals would put the 1930s airport - which is owned by the council but run by a private operator - on a solid footing for the long term.

“Rochester Airport is an important asset for Medway and securing its future will help contribute to the regeneration and economic development of the area,” he said.

“We want to ensure the future of the airport by maximising its potential for jobs and tourism and that’s what the masterplan does.

“The potential for new jobs here is just one of many benefits this masterplan brings."

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