Plymouth, Devon

Plymouth Airfield was opened in 1925 and was closed in 2011 by Sutton Harbour Group to be developed for housing. However, a significant number of local people rightly objected to the loss of the airfield because of the detrimental effect on the local economy and the people and businesses in the area due to the loss of private and commercial flights from and to the airfield. The local Council therefore rightly ‘mothballed’ the airfield until such time as a decision on its future was determined, which has now been made to keep it. In anticipation of the airfield being reopened and the closure of the short runway, a pre-application submission was lodged with Plymouth Council for 30 Hangar Homes to the north of the main runway with access from the road adjacent to the residential area.

Plymouth Airport is only 3 miles from this thriving city, and if it reopens, then it would be better suited for Mixed-use Hangars (commercial + residential use), which would not only help to safeguard flying operations, as each unit requires an active runway, but also make the airport more sustainable with 30 new businesses, all paying a monthly landing charge for their light aircraft.