Fate Of Penzance Heliport Site To Be Decided On Thursday

The fate of our helicopter service could be decided on Thursday when Cornwall planners determine an application to change the current Long Rock heliport site into a space for a Sainsbury’s superstore.

Tony Jones, the chief executive of British International Helicopters, says the service will cease if they fail to gain planning consent.

BIH need the cash from the sale for business investment and to fund a new heliport at St Erth, but it’s not a given that Councillors will back the proposal.

Penzance Town Council placed no objections but the vote was close, with 7 members for and 6 against, and Tony admits there is opposition.

Ludgvan Parish Council’s area takes in the current heliport and houses adjacent to the proposed site. They’ve voted against supporting the supermarket.

Nigel Honess, their chairman, said 10 members of the public spoke to oppose the plans in a heated meeting. The objectors were against flying from St Erth but the Ludgvan Council opposed plans because they didn’t want another supermarket on their doorstep.