Liberty University’s New London Airport expansion plans withdrawn, preliminary discussions begin again

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BEDFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The Town of Bedford held a public preliminary review Tuesday at the County Administration Building to discuss Liberty University’s New London Airport expansion.

Liberty University proposed relocating the headquarters of the Flight Training Affiliate program to the New London Airport. When it purchased the airport for $1.8 million in late 2015, the university submitted rezoning and special-use applications for the expansion plans back in 2019.

“So, where we’re at right now is that Liberty had submitted a rezoning and special use in early of 2019, both of those applications are no longer valid, they are withdrawn basically, and right now we’re in the evaluation process of figuring out the 50% expansion of what they could do by right.”

Jordan Mitchell – Interim Director of Community Development – Bedford County

Several residents of Bedford County who live near the New London Airport have valid concerns.

“We understood that potentially there is going to be a jet runway and jet training, and night schools and things of that nature. When you look at an airport in there, where you have homes within literally several hundred yards of the runway, it becomes a safety issue.”

Bill Stafford – New London Resident – Bedford County

According to an article from January 2016 on the school’s website, Liberty University’s plans are to move its School of Aviation to the New London Airport. To read the article, click here.

“Right now we’re just in the preliminary discussions of what that’s going to look like. No plans have been approved or anything to expand the Airport.”

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