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Heliport appeal dismissed by Secretary of State

An anonymous request to review Cornwall Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a replacement Penzance Heliport has been thrown out by the Secretary of State.

Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee unanimously passed the application on February 2nd, but prior to the decision an anonymous request was made for the Secretary of State to ‘call in’ the application. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has the power to ‘call in’ or take over a planning application, rather than allowing a local authority to decide. The Secretary of State will usually only call in an application that conflicts significantly with national planning policy. Robert Dorrien-Smith, who is spearheading the project to reinstate the helicopter link to the islands, said the Secretary of State’s decision was the right one. Mr Dorrien-Smith said: “The Secretary of State has sent a clear message that this is a logical, sensitive and comprehensive planning application that has important benefits to the local community and economy. “In effect the anonymous objector was questioning Cornwall Council’s judgement, knowledge and very ability to determine an important infrastructure project within its jurisdiction, showing a remarkable degree of arrogance and self-interest. “We have believed all along that there was no justification for the application to be called in. Today’s decision confirms that and we now look forward to getting on with this important project for the Isles of Scilly, Penzance and Cornwall.”

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