Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) has voted unanimously in favour of a new heliport in Penzance.
The project was given the go-ahead just before midday on Thursday after members of the SPC heard the arguments for and against the heliport.
Cornwall Council planning officers had already recommended Councillors grant planning consent, saying the project will have “significant social and economic benefits” for the Isles of Scilly and West Cornwall.
The approval for the heliport did come with some conditions from the SPC. They relate to the operating hours and fire safety training. Penzance heliport has been granted permission to operate between 7.30am and after 7pm Monday to Saturday and between 11am and after 4pm on Sundays. The condition relating to fire safety means that fire safety training must be carried out on a separate site. You can read the full document here.
Robert Dorrien-Smith from Penzance Heliport said: “We hope today’s decision marks the start of a new era for transport to the Isles of Scilly; an era of improved resilience, of increased capacity, of improved accessibility, of genuine competition, and a new era of honest cooperation for the good of the islands.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two years. Today’s result is testament to the overwhelming public support for this project, and to the hard work, dedication and perseverance of so many people.
"To everybody who has signed the petition, cast their vote in the independent survey, submitted comments to Cornwall Council, or simply told us of their support for this project – thank you.
“We now look forward to moving ahead with this vital project which will make the Isles of Scilly a better place to live, visit and work.”
Following on from the decision a spokesman for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said: “We note the outcome of the Strategic Planning Committee and will comment in due course once we have had the opportunity to review in detail the committee’s deliberations and decision.
We have invited the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to interview and comment further and are waiting on their response.
Will was joined on the phone this morning by Robert Francis, Chairman, of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, and Tom Matthews from Penzance Heliport to get their reaction.