18 DECEMBER 2017

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Article from BTNews 18 DECEMBER 2017

Plymouth Airport ‘progress’

Supporters of a plan to restore Plymouth Airport, which is currently mothballed, for future use as a general aviation facility have said they are optimistic of a successful outcome to their campaign. 

The FlyPlymouth group says 2017 has been a positive year following the Joint Local Plan, which sets out policies that safeguard the airport, being approved and submitted by the relevant local authorities to the government.

The group said last week: “The authorities have decided rightly the airport should be reserved for transport use and have identified sufficient land reserves to 2034 that means residential development on the airport would be surplus to requirement.

“FlyPlymouth’s plan is to acquire the site and recommission it to deliver general and business aviation services in line with local policy. We have the plan, the team, key customers and the private sector investment lined up to execute a transaction and get on with the work.”

FlyPlymouth said the next step will be early next year at an Examination in Public when a government-appointed planning inspector will review the Joint Local Plan to ensure it is sound. 

The group said it would participate in the hearing with the local authority and the airport leaseholder, following which the planning inspector will produce a report setting out findings and recommendations.

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