$render.recurse($ctx, '$content.code.value')

Fundraising campaign launched to save Plymouth Airport

16:11 22 September 2016

FlyPlymouth hope to re-open the airport, closed since 2011 | Simon Burnham, Flickr CC2.0

FlyPlymouth hope to re-open the airport, closed since 2011 | Simon Burnham, Flickr CC2.0

Archant

FlyPlymouth hopes to raise £75,000 before 29 October to fund their fight in the Plymouth Plan examination next year, which will decide the future of the mothballed airfield

If the campaign is successful, the money will pay the group’s operational costs and for legal and aviation experts, as well as building the transactional funds to acquire the airfield.

FlyPlymouth is bidding to re-open the airport for general and business flights, possibly as early as 2018.

The site, owned by Plymouth City Council, was leased in 2000 to property developer Sutton Harbour Holdings (SHH).

SHH closed the airfield in 2011, claiming it was being used by only 100 people a day, and now intend to turn the land into a ‘garden suburb’ of 1,600 houses, a school, park, shops and restaurants.

Plymouth City Council’s draft Plymouth Plan, however, safeguards the site for aviation use until 2031. An Examination in Public into the policy is set for spring and summer of next year, where its economic soundness will be determined by a planning inspector.

A government report into the feasibility of the airport is nearing publication, having been initially scheduled for early 2016.

Raoul Witherall, chief executive of FlyPlymouth, said: “It is now clear that 2017 will be the deciding year in the story of Plymouth Airport.

“It is vital that the case for aviation be made forcefully and coherently at the Examination in Public, and FlyPlymouth is putting together the team and funding to make that case.”

The Jodel was not allowed to take off from Plymouth Airport | Martin FeridThe Jodel was not allowed to take off from Plymouth Airport | Martin Ferid

Plymouth Airport and SHH made headlines last year when a privately owned Jodel landed there in bad weather, only for the aircraft to be impounded. Find out more about the Saga of the Plymouth Jodel here:

Private aircraft impounded at Plymouth Airport site after landing in bad weather

Impounded Jodel allowed to fly out from former Plymouth airport site

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Yesterday, 17:06

With the Red Bull Air Race in the skies over Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time ever this weekend, Pilot looks at the biggest names and title challengers to watch

Read more
Yesterday, 12:42

We’re running an online Reader Survey – and you could win fantastic prizes if you take part

Read more
Thu, 11:01

Roderick Morton claimed top prize at the historic air race in his Lake Buccaneer

Read more
Thu, 10:40

The pilot, his two passengers and everyone driving along the road were unharmed in the incident, which was caused when the aeroplane’s engine failed

Read more
Wed, 17:27

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham died in 2011 after the ejector seat of his Hawk T1 fired while the aircraft was on the ground

Read more
Wed, 17:13

Lancashire pilot Mark Hanson broke the record for the number of aircraft takeoffs and landings in one hour, although he felt he could have achieved more

Read more
Tue, 17:04

Just five years after joining easyJet as a first officer, Kate McWilliams has risen to the rank of captain at the age of 26

Read more
Friday, September 23, 2016

Gliding is a true sport and when the competition bug bites, the only way is up! Pilot joins the BGA Club Class team on a training day at Lasham

Read more
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Shocking footage from the heads-up display shows the moment a student pilot blacks out, causing his F-16 to nosedive at a terrifying rate

Read more
Thursday, September 22, 2016

FlyPlymouth hopes to raise £75,000 before 29 October to fund their fight in the Plymouth Plan examination next year, which will decide the future of the mothballed airfield

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine