Cornwall Council Officers have recommended to the Strategic Planning Committee that planning permission be granted for a new heliport in Penzance.

In papers released today, the recommendation for the proposal stated: 'Grant planning permission subject to the Environment Agency confirming that they are withdrawing their objection.'

The objection referred to is one of concern relating to a Flood Risk Assessment.

The position of the EA is: 'We consider that insufficient information has been submitted in the Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) to allow us to adequately assess the flood risk affecting this development and we therefore object to this proposal.


'Your Authority will need to be content that the flood risk Sequential Test has been satisfied in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework if you have not done so already. As you will be aware, failure of the Sequential Test is sufficient justification to refuse a planning application.'

However, ways to overcome the objection have been outlined by the Agency, who have requested that the applicant submits further information to address their concerns.

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