Helicopter Chief Says Service Will End If Planning Refused

British International plan to move heliport to St Erth

The boss of British international helicopters says that if his company’s plans to sell their Long Rock site to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s are thwarted because planning permission is not granted in the middle of June, then the helicopter service will cease on 31st October.

Tony Jones says he has seen the consultants report commissioned by Cornwall Council on the impact of the heliport sale on the creation of an out-of-town supermarket and it gives the green light to the plan, but there are concerns about the impact on Penzance town centre.

Tony has also confirmed that the company has finalised a lease on land at St Erth where they intend basing their new heliport subject to the planning going through. We understand the site is owned by the Godolphin Company and The St Aubyn Estate and is near the railway station.

Tony says he needs to release the cash from the sale of the land to fund new equipment for his North Sea operations adding he’d like islanders to write to Cornwall Council pointing out how important the continuation of the service is and asking them to back the application.

BIH first announced their intention to move in 2008 and agreed to sell their current site at Long Rock to Sainsbury’s, subject to planning permission being granted.

However talks with The IoS Steamship Company to base the heliport at Land’s End Aerodrome broke down last October.