25 April 2014

Shoreham Airport set to fly

Negotiations to secure a profitable future for Brighton & Hove city council have been approved by Councillors at last nights Policy and Resources committee (May 1 2014.)

The discussions between Shoreham Airport freeholders: Brighton & Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council; the lessees Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited and potential lessees Brighton City Airport Limited have been on the future lease and management arrangements.

The aim is to ensure the airport becomes a sustainable and profitable operation securing investment in the airports grade II listed terminal building and hangar

The recommendations are to promote the airport site as one of the Greater Brighton City Deal growth hubs and through the city deal and other funding sources undertake the flood defence works (Adur Tidal walls) which will protect businesses and enable development of employment land identified in the draft Adur local plan.

Executive Director Environment, Development & Housing Geoff Raw said; “This is a superb opportunity to see the airport at Shoreham grow into a sustainable business which creates jobs and realises the sites potential while protecting its heritage.”

John Mitchell, Director for Communities at Adur & Worthing Councils said; “Brighton and Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council have been working with Albemarle Shoreham Airport Limited and Brighton City Airport Limited to explore new management arrangements that will protect the future of the Airport and secure much needed investment in its unique facilities. We believe that the current proposals represent the best opportunity to achieve these aims.”

Background

  • Shoreham Airport is one of the busiest in the UK in terms of movements.(Take offs and landings) This financial year the airport is on target for a total of 57,000 movements.
  • In August 2013 Shoreham airport was the 10th busiest in the UK in terms of movements. Heathrow was number one.

The recommendations were discussed at Policy & Resources committee on May 1 2014 papers here