The Penzance Heliport project has taken a further step ahead today as Cornwall Council has re-started the consultation period for the planning application, following our submission of additional information.

The additional information expands on the information previously submitted to Cornwall Council as part of the amended planning application, including the Assessment of Likely Significant Effects (ALSE).

Consultees and members of the public now have 21 days to respond. Following the consultation period, the application will be passed to Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee for consideration.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Now is the moment to re-affirm your support of the project – or to make your support known to Cornwall Council if you have not previously commented.

You can view and comment on the application in the following ways:

You do not have to submit additional comments, but any supportive comments that address legitimate planning considerations will benefit the application.

To date, more than 3,000 people have written in support of the planning application – the highest level of support for a planning application Cornwall Council has seen.

Following the consultation period, the planning application will be considered by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, although at this point the date for the planning meeting has not been confirmed.

The aim of Penzance Heliport has always been to make life on Scilly better for those who live, work and visit these islands. We believe the islands deserve a genuine choice of transport, and a more resilient transport system, and that this can only be achieved through a helicopter service based in Penzance.

We do not yet know a planning date, but will update you as soon as we know. We expect this to be in the coming weeks.

 

THE PROJECT

Penzance Heliport Ltd will reinstate helicopter flights to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance, serving the islands of St Mary’s and Tresco. Flights are anticipated to begin in Spring 2019. The Penzance Heliport service will be the only helicopter to fly to both Tresco and St Mary’s, and will enhance travel choice and resilience to the Isles of Scilly.

Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee unanimously resolved to grant planning permission for the project in February 2017, citing the clear benefits of the project for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Due to a series of legal attacks by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, an amended planning application was submitted in January 2018. The application provides details of the significant weather resilience benefits of the Penzance site, any environmental impacts of the helicopter service on the Isles of Scilly as well as the importance of the service to the economies of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Thank you for your continuing support, and we look forward to sharing further updates with you in the coming weeks – and to welcoming you onboard!