Hellesdon residents have until August 17 to make their views known on Norwich Airport’s plans for the next 30 years, which include extending night-flying times.
Hellesdon Parish Council is hosting an exhibition about the airport’s draft Masterplan from Tuesday July 25 to Friday July 28 from 10am to 4pm, at the Parish Office, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5QB.
The council will have copies of its own questionnaire available on the exhibition days.
The 140-page Masterplan makes the case for expansion hopes which include:
Flights from 6am to 1.30am up to four days a week in the summer months.
A 500m eastern extension to the runway to be earmarked for the future, to accommodate larger aircraft.
Extra parking for aircraft to the north-east of the terminal building.
Identifying land for future expansion of maintenance, repairs and operations .
Possible upgrade of the airport’s Delta taxiway.
An extra 750 car-park spaces by 2030, taking the capacity to 1,734 spaces.
Passenger numbers at Norwich Airport broke the 500,000 barrier last year for the first time since 2008, and chiefs say they could rise to 1.4m by 2045.
The draft Masterplan says the airport is worth about £70m to the local economy and this could increase to £170m in the same period.
It is estimated it supports 1,240 jobs in the local economy and contributes approximately £70m to the regional economy. If the airport grows as predicted, jobs would increase to 1,950 by 2030.
Current destinations from Norwich Airport include Bulgaria, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Guernsey, Ibiza, Jersey, Majorca, Malaga, Menorca, Paphos, Rhodes, and Tenerife.
And a number of specialist charters fly to destinations including Croatia, Friedrichshafen, Lapland, Naples, Venice, and Verona.
The airport is also a transport hub for the southern North Sea offshore gas, oil and windfarm industries.
The new International Aviation Academy – Norwich (IAA-N) – opened in April near the airport offering training facility for careers in the aviation industry.
The airport dates from 1933 when it was opened on Mousehold Heath. The current site was opened in 1939 as an RAF bomber station.
The draft Masterplan can be viewed on Norwich Airport’s website: www.norwichairport.co.uk/,masterplan where consultation response forms can be downloaded.
Hard copies of the draft Masterplan are available to read at the Hellesdon Parish Council and Broadland District Council offices.
Completed questionnaires can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Norwich Airport Masterplan c/o Barton Willmore LLP St Andrews House St Andrews Road Cambridge CB4 1WB.
Hard copies of feedback forms are available at: Broadland District Council, 1 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0DU; Hellesdon Parish Council, Diamond Jubilee Lodge, Wood View Road, Norwich, NR6 5QB; Mile Cross Library, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2RJ; Norwich City Council, St Peter’s Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH; Old Catton Parish Council, The Pavilion, Church Street, Old Catton, NR6 7DS; Spixworth Parish Council, Village Hall, Crostwick Lane, Spixworth, NR10 3NQ; The Black Swan Inn, 25 Norwich Road, Horsham St Faiths, Norwich, NR10 3HJ.