SAVE-the-airport group Viable has vowed to fight any redevelopment of the airport site.
Last week Viable presented a petition of more than 37,000 signatures to Cllr Evans.
Raoul Witherall, director of Viable, said yesterday: "The people of Plymouth have just made very clear that they wish to see the airport protected from redevelopment.
"The strongest support comes from the areas closest to the airport. People living and working there will not welcome the prospect of a large new housing estate and the extra strain it will place on the already congested roads.
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"We will fight any proposed redevelopment on the site vigorously.
"Plymouth has plenty of housing and shops. And there are better locations in the city where these can be built. What Plymouth lacks are high quality transport links and businesses and families want to see the airport operating again. It is a strategic asset.
"We will shortly be announcing our own bid to acquire and reopen the airport funded fully by private sector investment."