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Rochester Airport is important to many people living in Medway
and is something that Medway Council has committed to securing a
long-term future for.
First established in 1933, the Rochester Airport site is owned
by Medway Council and has been leased since 2000 to an airport
operator – Rochester Airport Limited.
Many of the buildings and facilities at the site date back to
the 1930s and are reaching the end of their useful life. We need to
think now about how we are going to safeguard the important
aviation activity that happens at the airport and help improve
community access to this unique facility along with
exploring opportunities to provide additional land for
A Masterplan has been produced to set out the proposals, which
- Major improvements to existing airport facilities on their
current location at the airfield
- Better public access to the site for heritage, leisure and
- A new permanent home for the nationally recognised Medway
Aircraft Preservation Society (MAPS)
- Creation of new parallel paved and grass runways to replace the
existing 02-20 grass runway, as well as improvements to navigation
aids and outdated facilities
- Closure of the old 16/34 grass runway
- Development of around 12 hectares of the old 16/34 runway area
for hi-tech business, science or technology development next to the
existing Rochester Airport Industrial Estate.
On 23 January 2014 Medway Council approved the Rochester Airport
Masterplan, following a technical assessment of the site's
opportunities and consultation with residents and businesses.
These pages and links explain the adopted
Masterplan (pdf 10,989KB) and the process that
has been followed to get to this point.
Your Questions Answered
The council has been working for a number of years to identify a
financially viable way to protect Rochester Airport and provide
greater public access for aviation and heritage/leisure use. The
council cannot afford to pay for these improvements without private
Working with airport specialists and neighbouring businesses
including BAE Systems, we have evaluated a number of different
options for the future of Rochester Airport. We believe this
proposal achieves the right balance for local residents, businesses
and airport users.
A list of
key airport questions answered (pdf 436KB) is available to