St Erth Vote To Oppose Heliport Plans

St Erth Parish Council will formally object to the planning application for a heliport in the village.

Councillors voted unanimously against the plan by British International Helicopters to relocate their heliport from Penzance to St Erth at a meeting on 3rd November.

The planning application is due to go before Cornwall planners later this month.

Opposition to the plans have been growing in the village and surrounding area, with an action group, ‘Stop the Heliport Relocation to St Erth Committee’ or SHREC, being set up to oppose the move.

Their main areas of concern are over noise levels and pollution as well as increased traffic congestion on the A30, devaluing of nearby properties and negative impacts on wildlife.

BIH Chief Executive, Tony Jones, told us in a statement, “BIH is naturally disappointed by the St Erth Parish Council vote but we understand this is a sensitive planning application and one that has raised concerns amongst the local community. We hope we addressed many of those concerns at the public meeting and thank those who were able to attend. We continue to engage with the local community and other stakeholders and welcome ongoing feedback.”

The vote by St Erth follows closely on that by St Ives Council on October 13th, which also voted to oppose the plans.


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