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PLYMOUTH AIRPORT NOT VIABLE WITHOUT PUBLIC SUBSIDY

Released 17:30 16-Dec-2016

RNS Number : 1591S
Sutton Harbour Holdings PLC
16 December 2016
 

16 December 2016

SUTTON HARBOUR HOLDINGS PLC

("Sutton Harbour Holdings" or "the Company")

PLYMOUTH AIRPORT NOT VIABLE WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC SUBSIDY

DfT report into the viability of the former Plymouth Airport published today

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc notes that the DfT report on the future of the former Plymouth Airport site ("Plymouth Airport study" or the "Report") published today concludes that the former airport site, in which Sutton Harbour Holdings has significant landed interests, is not commercially viable.

The full Report, which is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plymouth-airport-study concludes that a lack of demand and a short runway mean commercially viable passenger services could not be run out of the former Plymouth Airport site as it would remain "financially vulnerable" in a "high risk environment".

In addition, the Report underpins current Government policy to encourage commercial competition between airports, rather than subsidise them, stating; "In this context, future commercial decisions regarding PCA (the former Plymouth Airport) will be private matters for its owner, leaseholder, and other interested commercial parties".

Sutton Harbour Holdings, which closed the airport in 2011 in agreement with Plymouth City Council after suffering years of operational losses, has, following recent stakeholder consultation, prepared a vision for developing the site which will create much-needed jobs, housing and first class community sports facilities.

Jason Schofield, Chief Executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said:

"This is a thorough and independent Report that has weighed the evidence and concluded that commercially viable passenger services cannot be operated from this site. Even those who wish to re-open it concede that they need a £9 million Government subsidy.

"This Report completely undermines any rational argument for reopening an airport that is too small, and in the wrong place at a time when Government policy is focussed on facilitating market competition and where a good choice of existing airport facilities already exists in the South West region.

"We have long argued that the former airport site should be put to economic use to create jobs,  homes and excellent community sports facilities for the people of Plymouth. This Report now clearly settles that debate once and for all and enables the City to finally move on."

The Company continues to work towards the Examination in Public timetabled for summer 2017 when a Government Inspector will recommend what the future use of the former airport site will be in the period to 2031.

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Enquiries

 

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

+44 (0) 1752 204186

Jason Schofield, Chief Executive

Natasha Gadsdon, Finance Director

 

Rothschild (Financial Adviser)

+44 (0)20 7280 5000

John Byrne, Stephen Griffiths

 

Arden Partners (NOMAD and Broker)

+44 (0)20 7614 5917

James Felix, Ben Cryer

 

 

Yellow Jersey (Financial PR)

+44 (0) 7747 788221

Charles Goodwin

Clare Glynn

Notes to Editors

 

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc (SUH) is an AIM listed company specialising in marine operations, waterfront regeneration and destination creation in Plymouth and South West England.

 

The Company operates the Marina at Sutton Harbour, King Point Marina and Plymouth Fisheries. Operational activities include mixed use real estate lettings, car parking, support services to harbour users, property management as well as regeneration and asset enhancement.

 

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is committed to being the leading marine and waterfront regeneration specialist in Southern England, and to positioning Sutton Harbour in Plymouth as a destination of national interest.

 

For further details click through to the full report which can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/plymouth-airport-study

 


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