SHH behaved appropriately
GIVEN Maddi Bridgman's concerns you reported, I wonder if considering the following points might assist one and all.
Firstly, SHH purchased the airport lease, they are not renting tenants.
As with buying a house leasehold, they made a large payment and received a lease well beyond their lifetime-with a house, 99 years is the usual minimum term and the peppercorn rent retains the lessor's ownership rights.
Secondly, SHH fulfilled their lessee's obligation to use their best endeavours to run an airline for a minimum period, something the council's lawyers would doubtless have flagged up on the closure application had that not been the case. I assume in this that SHH had to acquire planes, landing slots and put down deposits for and pay for publicity and marketing of new routes, rather than receiving any of that for free.
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Thirdly, a court would only consider reviewing it out of time if it considered there was strong evidence either party had knowingly concealed anything from or laid false information before the other party. Could either side in 2001 have realistically foreseen the worst recession for 60 years, Icelandic volcanic disruptions or two successive winters with Plymouth icebound for three weeks running. Equally, neither side back then could have anticipated the rug being pulled by Gatwick and other airports taking away landing slots the moment the going got tough?
Who's to say if PCC and SHH, one, both or neither, have made mistakes in the process? However, it seems they have always acted in an appropriate manner regarding the airport.