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New Kent airport plan vies with Cliffe

ENGINEERS AND architects this week launched an alternative to controversial proposals for a major new airport at Cliffe in North Kent.

The scheme for a two runway airport on the Hoo peninsula south of the Thames Estuary has been worked up by consultants including Symonds for architect Bluebase.

Backers hope it will become a strong contender in the government's consultation on new runway capacity.

Details of this new scheme emerged as architect Pleiade Associates published proposals for a new four runway airport near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.

Australian consultant Meinhardt has also developed separate proposals for another airport on the Isle of Sheppey in north Kent.

The government's three month airport capacity consultation exercise restarted last week after it lost a judicial review of its decision to omit expansion of Gatwick from the original consultation process. An aviation White Paper is now expected late next year.

A new airport in the South East is being strongly backed by the influential group of 75 local authorities known as the Strategic Aviation Special Interest Group (SASIG).

The Symonds proposal is for an 11km 2, £11bn, two runway airport in marsh land on the Hoo Peninsula south of the Thames Estuary.

The airport would be built in phases and when complete would be able to handle more than 100M passenger movements a year, as many as Heathrow.

Proposals involve using spoil from a 6km tunnel connecting the airport with road and rail services, to raise the airport site 6m above the marshland. Some of the land would be reclaimed from Blyth Sands tidal mudflats.

INFOPLUS Find out more about the latest airport proposals at www. bluebase. com/airport

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