Rival plans show airport development not needed
MANY cities would be glad to be able to earmark one good site for a key development.
But, as our front page story reveals today, there are two prime sites both in the Derriford area of the city considered ripe for new shops.
While the council has earmarked the former Seaton Barracks Parade Ground as its preferred site for a district shopping centre; a developer is fighting to build on the North West Quadrant, next to Derriford Hospital. The developer has launched a costly planning appeal for the right to build a supermarket alongside shops a restaurant and 356 homes on the site.
The planning battle comes hot on the heels of Sutton Harbour's masterplan for the airport site which also includes a supermarket.
But with two sites already on the table for shopping development, it is clearer than ever that the airport site should not be built on. It would be short-sighted in the extreme to develop the airport when there are two other suitable and available sites just down the road.
Whether or not the airport is currently viable for operation the site has to be preserved for decades to come.