The battle to re-open Plymouth Airport for mixed General Aviation and Commercial Air Transport reaches a crunch point this month – on 12 August, to be exact. That’s the deadline for the people of Plymouth to respond positively to a consultation about safeguarding the airport site for aviation use until 2031.
While the consultation is for Plymothians, pilots outside the area are also asked to show support to the FlyPlymouth campaign.
“The safeguarding of Plymouth Airport in the Plymouth Plan is by no means guaranteed yet,” said the team behind FlyPlymouth. “It will almost certainly be challenged at an examination in public during 2017 by those wishing to build on the airport. A planning inspector will examine the Plan together with the evidence upon which it is based. Representations will very likely be made by stakeholders including Plymouth City Council and those objecting to the airport’s safeguarding together with consultants and lawyers.
“The stronger the evidence the City Council has to defend their safeguarding policy, the simpler it will be for them to demonstrate that the Plan is sound. Public consultations such as that happening now form part of the evidence behind these policies. That is why it is important to engage with the process now.”
If you believe that Plymouth City Council is right to safeguard the airport in the Plymouth Plan, then please use the following links to go to the Council’s website and say so. There is a form online that you can complete and return by post or email to Plymouth City Council.