Airport steps closer to vision of aviation centre of excellence

Just Regional
Mar 29, 2013 3 mins read

A significant milestone has been reached with the submission of a hybrid planning application for Norwich AeroPark. The application covers the 160,000 sq ft head office facility for aircraft painting firm Air Livery, the access infrastructure and an outline application for the remainder of the site.

The Norwich AeroPark project was announced in July last year and is a joint venture between Norwich International Airport and Wrenbridge to develop 100 acres of land at the airport.

It is hoped the site’s development will deliver 1,000 new skilled jobs for the region.

The application seeks permission to build a new five-bay hangar and head office facility for Air Livery, and the associated access roads from the public highway. There is also an outline application for the development of the remainder of the 100-acre site, which is expected to accommodate up to 860,000 sq ft of aviation-related development in total.

Public consultation events held in November 2012 in the airport’s terminal building were well attended. Feedback forms filled out by attendees indicated that the large majority were in favour of the plans, citing economic growth, skilled employment and growth of the airport as major reasons for support.

The application will be considered by both Norwich City and Broadland District Councils as the site straddles the district boundary. It is hoped that the application will be determined in the summer this year.

The submission of this application follows the airport’s separate application for a state-of-the-art engine testing ground run facility, which was granted permission by Norwich City Council’s planning committee earlier this month.

Andrew Bell, CEO of Norwich International Airport, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into the design of the various elements of this application, ensuring we took the views of the public into account. This project is now gathering momentum and, coupled with the permission we have secured for a first class engine testing facility, brings us another step closer to our vision of an aviation centre of excellence for Norfolk.”

John McHale, associate director of Wrenbridge, added: “The planning submission is a major milestone, underlining the good progress made in the last six months by the professional team led by Morgan Sindall.

“We continue to work hard to attract further occupiers to Norwich AeroPark site and look forward to working with Broadland District and Norwich City Councils and the stakeholders during the planning determination period.”

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “I welcome the submission of the planning application as an important step forward for this project, which would provide much needed jobs in north Norwich. It is a major scheme and people can now have their say on the application as it has been published for consultation.”

The Norwich AeroPark application includes a new five-bay hangar for aircraft painting firm Air Livery.



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