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‘Rising tide lifts all boats’: £230 million boost for Bromley if Biggin Hill changes approved

Partners, the economy in Bromley stands to benefit to tune of £230 million every year by 2030 if the council approves changes to opening hours at Biggin Hill airport.

Modestly changing opening hours will help the airport attract more global aircraft service companies, whose customers value flexibility above all else. With more flexible opening hours, more companies will come to Biggin Hill, creating 2,300 mainly local jobs.

These changes would secure Biggin Hill’s future as a small, business and general aviation airport. There would be no new runways, no expansion beyond the existing boundary, no more flights than 2010 levels and no scheduled holiday airlines.

If Bromley council approve the changes, the amount of extra money generated in the Bromley economy as a result of growth could be up to £230 million. Local residents and businesses would feel the vast majority of this in terms of increased wages and the money spent with local suppliers and on the high street – providing a much-needed boost to small businesses.

Managing Director of Biggin Hill airport Will Curtis said: “A rising tide lifts all boats. People are right to be asking ‘what’s in it for me?’ if these changes are approved and this is the answer. The extra economic activity will result in 2,300 new jobs, which means more wages for local people. It means more new aviation companies spending money in the local area with small businesses. A £230 million injection into the Bromley economy is at stake here and that’s why I am asking residents to vote ‘yes’ in the council’s consultation.”

In a Borough wide consultation run last October – in which 15,000 people had their say – 12,473 people supported longer opening hours. This was backed up by a poll run by independent polling firm Populus, in which 79% of Bromley residents backed the plan.

Bromley council is now running their own consultation on the issue, issuing letters to all of the 180,000 households in the Borough, before deciding whether to approve Biggin Hill’s application. It closes on 13th March.

Editorial Notes

  1. The original airport consultation and independent Populus poll can be found here.
  2. The detail of the airport’s proposals, and what they mean for the local area, can be found at: www.bigginhillfuture.co.uk
  3. The research was conducted by independent economic and planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners. They calculated that the increased level of economic activity at the airport is expected to generate just under £230 million of economic output (measured by ‘Gross Value Added’ or ‘GVA’) each year.