It's been announced that an amended planning application for a heliport in Penzance to serve the Isles of Scilly 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 after planning permission was originally granted in February of this year.
According to Penzance Heliport Ltd the reason for re-submitting a planning application is 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.”
Robert Dorrien-Smith spoke to Will this week to tell us more about the future plans for a heliport in Penzance and you can listen to the full interview with Robert below. Stay tuned to Radio Scilly online at radioscilly.com or listen locally on 107.9fm for the latest developments.