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Pz Heliport application sees flurry of new objections


The number of objections to the Penzance Heliport planning application has gone up by 42% in the last two weeks.

Since May 11th, there have been 24 new public comments arguing against the proposals, an increase on the 33 received in the previous 19 months.

However, the comments objecting to the application are still dwarfed by those in support - now totalling 3,174 (98% of the total number). There have been 44 new supportive comments in the last two weeks.

The recent commenters include Gulval Village Community Association, which says there are "justifiable arguments both for and against the proposal for a new heliport" but asks for certain safeguards be considered. It expresses concern about Sunday flying and argues that "the impact of the proposal will be significantly greater for those who live and work in the Penzance area, and specifically for those living close to the site, than for those for whom it is simply a more convenient way of travelling to Tresco on holiday once or twice a year".

An objector said: "For the 700 people living within 1km the report predicts a doubling of intensity of noise pollution. This is in an area where road noise is already a problem and will cause substantial harm to both health and wellbeing."

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has also submitted a further consultee comment on behalf of Land's End Airport. It outlines various arguments against the proposals, including that a new helicopter would represent a "comparable or duplicate service" given the launch of Island Helicopters.

Peter Bainbridge, the Cornwall Council officer dealing with the application, told This is Scilly: "At this point in time we are looking at reporting the application to the Strategic Planning Committee on June 28th."

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