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.



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.



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!

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Mary Chown nee Nicholls · May 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Today I have tried on several occasions to submit my support for your planning application to Cornwall Council using your link. Unfortunately, each and every time that I have tried to submit my approval, I am told that it has not been submitted due to a server error! I wonder how many other people trying to offer their support have also been stymied in their attempts to back your planning application today!

    Penzance Heliport · May 1, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Hello Mary – Thank you for your comment, and we’re sorry to hear of the problems you’ve experienced. We note that your comments have now appeared (in fact, five times!) so the problem seems to be resolved. Hopefully others will not experience the same problems! Thank you for persevering – your support is really valuable.

Mary Chown nee Nicholls · May 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

At the fifth or sixth attempt today, I have finally been able to get through to Cornwall Council Planning Dept. using your link to pledge my support for your planning application for a Helicopter link between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly.

William Sweet · May 3, 2018 at 7:41 pm

In full support of the Helicopter link to the Isles of Scilly being reinstated from Penzance.

Claire Jelbert · May 3, 2018 at 8:13 pm

In full support of the Helicopter link to the Isles of Scilly being reinstated from Penzance to IOS

Tony Hollard · May 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

Have been to the Isles of Scilly on a number of occassions by helicopter from Penzance and in my view it is the obvious place to leave from and fully support the return of the service from Penzance. Our first visit was on our wedding day, 5th April 1969, for our honeymoon and as it is our 50th anniversary next year, 2019, and we were hoping to return for yet another holiday and am living in hope that the service from Penzance will operational by then . Keeping our fingers crossed.

Derek Devereux · May 10, 2018 at 8:04 am

Surely this great idea of a reinstated helicopter service should be fundamental to the transport strategy from Penzance to the Scilly Isles What support have you got from the train operators who use Penzance Station as it should also benefit them significantly e.g. Marketing/ connected ticketing , promotional ticketing etc Also what are the time benefits for medical emergencies or are these covered by air ambulance currently but I suspect are weather limited?

Liz Robinson · May 24, 2018 at 8:09 am

Reinstating the helicopter service benefits so many people and companies alike. Not just one, but all the islands may be visited by happy holiday makers again, Also, for people still in employment for example, availability of the helicopter which travels in weather to the mainland when other flights are grounded is urgently needed. The other consideration would be the difference the service would make for people unfortunate enough to require cancer treatment which I assume would be on the mainland. Let the project move forward where so many will benefit.

William Skudder · June 2, 2018 at 7:15 am

We have been traveling to Scilly virtually every year since 1973, mostly by helecopter our children also when they were young and now their children also,since I retired eighteen years ago we have been over two or three times a year,we are in Scilly at present after having to drive down on 31st May from Sidmouth leaving at four in the morning because no planes were flying and were transferred to the ship (no refund given in the difference on the fares !) Please let us have the helecopter back !!!

Mrs Sue McClung · June 14, 2018 at 8:31 pm

In the past my family have enjoyed several lovely short breaks on St Mary’s using the helicopter. In fact, one time, when very high winds went through the area and it took the roof off one of the airport buildings the boat and fixed wing aircraft were unable to operate and it was only the helicopter that could reach the mainland. The helicopter service would open up the return of Short Breaks on the islands. We certainly support the plans

Dave · June 27, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Just added my twopenn’orth to the support of this application. Hope it does get the green light and we can have a choice of operator, and the added benefit of not having to travel as far as the Land’s End Aerodrome. I know it’s not too far, but would allow an earlier flight to have more time on the Island on a day trip.

David Hall · July 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

I would like to lodge my strong support for the development of a Heliport at Penzance. An extremely successful helicopter service operated from Penzance to the Isles of Scilly, for many years, up until 2012 when the service ceased. Reinstatement of the service from Penzance would provide a fast, vital link to the islands for the residents, commercial enterprises there and holiday makers. In an emergency, the ferry cannot rival the speed of a helicopter link and fixed wing aircraft are more susceptible to cancellation in poor weather conditions. A resurrected helicopter link, run by a different operator from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company would provide healthy competition and therefore increased customer choice.

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