Penzance Heliport Update

An amended planning application for Penzance Heliport is to be submitted to Cornwall Council in the coming weeks.

The re-submission follows continued opposition to the Penzance Heliport proposal by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group. Planning consent was originally granted in February this year.

Re-submitting a planning application aims to reduce uncertainty to the islands and the expense to Cornish taxpayers of going through the lengthy judicial review process.

Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is behind the proposals to reinstate the Isles of Scilly helicopter service, said: “Islanders, visitors and businesses on Scilly are desperate to know when the new service will be up and running, but a judicial review can take months to even get to court, let alone be resolved.

“To us this uncertainty and cost to the taxpayer is totally unacceptable and therefore the best course of action is to consent to judgment and submit an amended application.

“This will allow us to address any issues the judge indicated could be arguable, save Cornwall rate-payers money and bring about a quicker resolution to this project that the islands are so desperate to see come to fruition.”

Cornwall Council granted unanimous planning consent for the replacement heliport in February 2017. The project gained the greatest volume of support the council has ever received for a planning application.

In response, a series of legal attacks – including a judicial review – was launched by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, which currently holds a monopoly on air and sea transport to the islands.

The judicial review has already created months of uncertainty for the Scilly community, and Cornwall Council would face considerable legal costs defending the planning decision.

A petition against the judicial review has received nearly 9,000 signatures.

We will continue to update this website with progress of the re-submitted application.

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Mark Eddy · September 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

It is simple disgusting what the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group have been doing to protect their monopoly.

Neil Farmer · September 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

Go for it – there are many people waiting to fly with you and the IOSSC are apparently trying there best to delay the competition.

Beryl Langsworthy · September 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

It would be great, taking into account the news from the Steamship Co. today, if the objection could be dropped to enable the Heliport build to start!!

PAUL BROADLEY · September 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

A bold decision but perhaps the only sensible one if it saves time, effort and expense, and ends up with a rock solid, sound application and approval that cannot be challenged. Draw the line and move on.
Good luck.

Jane Mann · September 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm

I cannot see why the Steamship Co. See a new helicopter service as such a threat.
Surely they can cope with a little competition.

Roy Asten · September 13, 2017 at 9:50 pm

Well done, the whole Island is behind you.

Andrew Forrow · September 14, 2017 at 8:12 am

Good luck! The communitiesat both ends need the proposed helicopter service!

Mr P M Ferris · September 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Let’s get this heliport up and running ASP. It can’t be right in this day and age in the UK that one company has the monopoly. Perhaps the government monopoly dept need to know.

Beryl Langsworthy · September 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm

Considering the Heliport is virtually in the same position of the original BEA/ BIH port, it’s hard to understand the objection! The flight path will be the same, so what are the points that the Steamship Co. have a gripe with, apart from having to compete with another carrier? It’s so sad a company can bring such misery to a small community who deserve the freedom of choice!

Jenny Adams · September 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Good luck with the new application! My first trip to Scilly was via the helicopter link, but I have also used Scillonian or come on our own boat. Freedom of choice is what people want, not a monopoly!

J Sims · September 17, 2017 at 7:19 am

The Steamship company are greedy and just thinking of their shareholders. My family have been using the previous helicopter operator since 1970 which undoubtedly was far more reliable due to being able operate in worse weather conditions than Skybus but more importantly Penzance has a much better weather record than Lands End. In all the years of my family traveling with the helicopter we were only heavily delayed once. However since 2013 we have not been able to fly and instead go by boat 5 times. This is the ultimate proof that we need the service back for the islanders, tourists and to boost the economy of West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Good luck Penzance Heliport please continue to fight this till the end.

Jane and Keith Lovell · September 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

This is very welcome news indeed … many congratulations on being so pro active. I must be psychic.. on the very morning I heard this news
I had been thinking of next yrs holiday and hoping that we wouldn’t have to use Skybus!!

I had in fact e mailed the Steamship Co. to ask them if they had an idea of time scale of the Judicial Review, but I did not have the courtesy of any kind of reply… and this is not the first time….

Steven Harbour · September 23, 2017 at 9:22 am

We have just returned from the Isles of Scilly on Thursday using the boat. We would like to point out that on the previous day a plane returned to the mainland because of bad visibility on the islands, this situation continued until the following day. My point is that often flights are cancelled because of weather on the islands. we have been travelling to the islands since 1972, a good number of those trips using the helicopter and on occasions had to return on the boat or return by air on the following day.

Steven Harbour · September 23, 2017 at 9:24 am

I expect a ballenced debate on this subject!!!

Maggie Tucker · September 23, 2017 at 9:06 pm

It will be great to have the helicopter service re-instated it has been badly missed.

Ray Haynes · September 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

What are they afraid of ? Competition is the lifeblood that leads to the success any business enterprise.Welcome to the real world Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.

Mike Baldrey · October 28, 2017 at 1:49 pm

Audrey & Mike Baldrey

A rather mean trick by the ISSG I hope it backfires on them, they already have a poor PR record, Good Luck Robert

Pauline Jackson · November 1, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Looking forward to hearing of your new submission. The IOSSC. have done themselves no credit with their response to your plan. Good luck and keep going!

Ian Paul · November 2, 2017 at 10:57 am

I think the Isle Steam Ship Group’s offer for ‘talks’ regarding using helicopters from their airport is purely a delaying tactic to ensure that they still have a transport monopoly for the 2018 season. Although I am concerned the feasibility of building a new heliport that will be operational for 2018 is looking less likely. However the actions of the ISSG shows the poor business ethics they operate by.
They may have won the battle to delay the heliport development, but they won’t win the war, there is too much public support.
Good luck, (although I don’t think you need it, you’ve got too strong a case, and ISSG know that)

Derek Prynn · December 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

Can’t wait when it’s up and running , I used to live on tresco when I was young and I want to take my children and grandchildren back to visit where I grew up

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