Penzance Heliport planning consultation restarted
The project to reinstate helicopter flights between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly has taken a further step forward.
Cornwall Council has restarted the formal 21-day consultation period after Penzance Heliport Ltd submitted additional information in support of the planning application.
Previous respondents to the planning application will now have three weeks to submit any further comments to Cornwall Council before the application is considered by the Strategic Planning Committee.
It is hoped flights from a new Penzance Heliport to Tresco and St Mary’s will commence from 2019.
Tom Matthews from Penzance Heliport Ltd said: “This marks a significant step forward for the Penzance Heliport project.
“For those who have already submitted comments to Cornwall Council, there is no obligation to comment again, though dozens of people have already taken the opportunity to re-state their belief in the importance of this project for the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall.
“New supporters are also coming forward and expressing their support to Cornwall Council for the first time, which is really heartening to see.
“We want to thank people for their ongoing support for this project, and we look forward to welcoming people onboard the new service as soon as possible.”
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.
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 challenges 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.