Plans submitted for multi-million pound development of Shoreham Airport

The Argus: Plans submitted for multi-million pound development of Shoreham Airport Plans submitted for multi-million pound development of Shoreham Airport

Bosses at the country’s oldest working airport have submitted multi-million-pound plans for its development.

The buildings at Shoreham Airport are badly cracked, the domed roof of its foyer has been removed and water damage is spreading across the site.

Ric Belfield, general manager at the airport, said he is in discussions with Brighton and Hove City Council and Worthing District Council to save the art deco landmark.

The airport was bought from Brighton and Hove City Council and Worthing Borough Council in 2007 by a company called Erinaceous.


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When Erinaceous went into administration in 2008 with debts of £250 million, the leasehold was sold to Albermarle for a nominal £10 which agreed to spend £4 million restoring the listed terminal building.

Albermarle is now in talks with both councils about drawing up a plan for the future of the airport, which includes refurbishing the terminal building, refurbishing the municipal hangar, new flood defences, the creation of a “Shoreham hub” to house environmental, technology and digital media businesses as part of the new City Deal, and improved access off the A27.

Mr Belfield said the ambitious plan would cost “many millions of pounds” and would be funded by other development projects.

Land at the site has been earmarked for industrial development under the Adur Local Plan which is still under discussion.

Mr Belfield said the plans were submitted last year and that he is waiting for a decision from the two councils.

He said: “These are very complex issues and it is difficult when you are dealing with two councils. The first thing that needs to happen is that the tidal defence project must be brought forward after the flooding before Christmas.”

The leader of Worthing Distinct Council, Paul Yallop, said he was aware of the plans.

He said: “We have had concerns about the state of the airport for some time. We are holding ongoing dialogue with the operators.”

Jason Kitcat, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, which holds two-thirds of the lease, said: “When the deal was done to sell the building, the purchaser agreed to invest £4 million in the building.

“That has not been done and that is why we are having very serious discussions with them.

“We sought this agreement to ensure repair costs do not fall to taxpayers at a time we’re facing record cuts in government funding. The building’s fate is linked to finding a viable long-term business plan for the airport, under private operators.

“This council and Worthing are constantly working to this end with the leaseholders.”

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10:07am Fri 10 Jan 14

Shoreham Flyer says...

There appears to be little substance to this announcement. No timescale is given and no mention of what the "other development projects" might be which will somehow fund the work needed. Just a lot of puff in an attempt to keep the critics at bay
There appears to be little substance to this announcement. No timescale is given and no mention of what the "other development projects" might be which will somehow fund the work needed. Just a lot of puff in an attempt to keep the critics at bay Shoreham Flyer

11:16am Fri 10 Jan 14

Victor Peirce says...

As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber.

Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it.
As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber. Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it. Victor Peirce

1:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Victor Peirce wrote:
As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber.

Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it.
To be fair I don't think by 'development' they mean building on the airfield itself which as you rightly say is naturally part of the Adur floodplain. (If it wasn't the airport would have disappeared under a housing estate years ago). They're only talking about refurbishing existing buildings and improving the glorified cart track that passes for an access road. (It would be nice if they rebuilt the airport station but that's another issue).

The only new development is the 'Shoreham Hub' to house digital media etc. However like most things concerning the airport that will be all grandiose talk, and IF it happens will simply end up as a couple of laptops stuck in a broom cupboard somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]Victor Peirce[/bold] wrote: As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber. Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it.[/p][/quote]To be fair I don't think by 'development' they mean building on the airfield itself which as you rightly say is naturally part of the Adur floodplain. (If it wasn't the airport would have disappeared under a housing estate years ago). They're only talking about refurbishing existing buildings and improving the glorified cart track that passes for an access road. (It would be nice if they rebuilt the airport station but that's another issue). The only new development is the 'Shoreham Hub' to house digital media etc. However like most things concerning the airport that will be all grandiose talk, and IF it happens will simply end up as a couple of laptops stuck in a broom cupboard somewhere. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit

5:23pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ourcoalition says...

Not a penny of taxpayers money should be spent on this.

For once, Jason is entirely correct - the private sector took it over, committed to all sorts of grand plans and promises - they should find the money, not us.

It should never have been "given" to them in the first place, and it is a historic building - perhaps they could sell it back to us, for £1.
Not a penny of taxpayers money should be spent on this. For once, Jason is entirely correct - the private sector took it over, committed to all sorts of grand plans and promises - they should find the money, not us. It should never have been "given" to them in the first place, and it is a historic building - perhaps they could sell it back to us, for £1. ourcoalition

6:18pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Victor Peirce says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
Victor Peirce wrote:
As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber.

Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it.
To be fair I don't think by 'development' they mean building on the airfield itself which as you rightly say is naturally part of the Adur floodplain. (If it wasn't the airport would have disappeared under a housing estate years ago). They're only talking about refurbishing existing buildings and improving the glorified cart track that passes for an access road. (It would be nice if they rebuilt the airport station but that's another issue).

The only new development is the 'Shoreham Hub' to house digital media etc. However like most things concerning the airport that will be all grandiose talk, and IF it happens will simply end up as a couple of laptops stuck in a broom cupboard somewhere.
Sadly there are plans to develop a 15 acre site on the NE part of airfield with commercial properties. This has been recently dealt a blow by the very same area flooding. Albermarl is a property development company so you can draw your own conclusions on their intentions but I very much doubt they have a long term interest in running an airport.

The council set a deadline for the renovation of the terminal which has come and gone. I would agree no tax payers money should be spent but the council need to act.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Victor Peirce[/bold] wrote: As a resident of Shoreham and an airport user I am at a loss how either council can consider further large scale development in this area especially on a flood plain. The local infrastructure is a breaking point especially the road system. When are local authorities going to stop allowing building on flood plains? The flood defences at Shoreham will just move the problem further up river to places like Bamber. Shoreham airport is the last large been space on this part of the coast I am personally sick of these development companies stopping assets and making profits at the expense of local communities and it appears councils are only to willing to let them do it.[/p][/quote]To be fair I don't think by 'development' they mean building on the airfield itself which as you rightly say is naturally part of the Adur floodplain. (If it wasn't the airport would have disappeared under a housing estate years ago). They're only talking about refurbishing existing buildings and improving the glorified cart track that passes for an access road. (It would be nice if they rebuilt the airport station but that's another issue). The only new development is the 'Shoreham Hub' to house digital media etc. However like most things concerning the airport that will be all grandiose talk, and IF it happens will simply end up as a couple of laptops stuck in a broom cupboard somewhere.[/p][/quote]Sadly there are plans to develop a 15 acre site on the NE part of airfield with commercial properties. This has been recently dealt a blow by the very same area flooding. Albermarl is a property development company so you can draw your own conclusions on their intentions but I very much doubt they have a long term interest in running an airport. The council set a deadline for the renovation of the terminal which has come and gone. I would agree no tax payers money should be spent but the council need to act. Victor Peirce

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