Feedback wanted on future of airport site
RESIDENTS have a chance to say what they think about plans for a massive development of the closed Plymouth Airport.
The city council has been forced to reopen its consultation on the development blueprint for the north of the city.
The timetable for the Derriford and Seaton area action plan has been torn up after the airport operators put forward plans to build a massive new community on the land in Roborough.
Sutton Harbour Holdings closed the airport last December. In August the company unveiled its masterplan to develop the land as part of the draft Derriford and Seaton area action plan.
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Sutton Harbour has a 150-year lease on the airport, with an "Armageddon Clause" allowing it to develop the land if an airport proves unviable.
The planning inspectorate has said that the council must reopen the consultation to include the Sutton Harbour masterplan.
The unexpected move came only days after city MP Alison Seabeck delivered a plea to the Prime Minister to step in to save the airport.
Ms Seabeck delivered nearly 400 letters and emails, along with a petition of nearly 38,000 signatures calling on Mr Cameron to intervene.
Residents and businesses now have six weeks to have their say about the Sutton Harbour proposals, which include a new district shopping centre, housing, employment uses and open space that have not been considered by the council.
The extra consultation means the council has had to change its timetable for the area action plan and a related "addendum sustainability appraisal". People will be able to have their say until December 7.
The area action plan will be submitted to the Secretary of State later in December.
In March or April next year a planning inspector will hold a public examination to ensure that the plan has been prepared properly, is right for the area and takes into account the comments that have been made.
The inspector's report is expected to be published in July next year, and the area action plan will be adopted in August.
How you can have your say
VIEW the documents and make comments online at www.plymouth.gov.uk/ldf or log on to plymouth-consult.limehouse.co.uk
Write to: Planning Services, Civic Centre, Plymouth PL1 2AA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Call 01752 305477.
All representations will need to be returned by no later than 5pm on December 7, 2012.
Paper copies of the documents may be viewed during normal office hours at the Civic Centre reception, Windsor House and local libraries.