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RSPB legal challenge to Lydd Airport decision

Last modified: 20 January 2014


Image: The RSPB

Venue: Royal Courts of Justice

Date: Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday January 22nd, 2013

A legal challenge to the decision to allow an airport expansion at Lydd in Kent is set to be heard this week.

A public inquiry was held into the applications by Lydd Airport in 2011 at which the RSPB raised concerns about the impact an expansion would have on the nearby protected wildlife area of Dungeness. The inspector found in favour of the airport’s proposals – and his report was subsequently endorsed by the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and for Transport.

After careful consideration the RSPB issued a legal challenge to the final decision based on the inspector’s report. We believe the stakes are too high to risk the future of one of our best and most important places for nature without testing the basis for this decision which we consider to be flawed. This will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday January 22nd.

Dungeness is one of the most important wildlife sites in the world and it is protected at global, European and UK levels. It is home to many threatened species and is also a crossroads for migrating birds stopping off on migration.

The RSPB has been protecting birds and the wildlife of Dungeness for over a century. The area includes the RSPB Dungeness Reserve and also a National Nature Reserve managed by Natural England. 

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