Helipad plan for Eyemouth gets clearance
Eyemouth Harbour Trust has secured planning permission for the construction of a helicopter access facility adjacent to Eyemouth harbour.
The Trust was supported throughout the process by agent for the application, Young Planning & Energy Consenting, and environmental consultant, ITP Energised.
The plans, originally submitted in October 2017, comprising two helipads, hangar, office and welfare building, fuel storage area, car parking, access road and landscaping, are speculative and a potentially important piece of the jigsaw in the port’s ambitions to become an operations and maintenance base for an offshore wind farm development in the Firth of Forth.
Christine Bell, business manager for Eyemouth Harbour Trust, said: “We are delighted to have obtained planning permission for this potentially significant development for Eyemouth.
“It opens up opportunities for the harbour and the town and has the potential to make a transformational change to the economic wellbeing of Eyemouth.
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“While it’s an important milestone in the overall strategy of the harbour trust to attract new business to the area, it is speculative and there is still a lot of work to do initially with respect to wind farm operation and maintenance.
“However, this consent certainly strengthens Eyemouth’s position as a competitive base for supporting marine operations in the offshore wind sector.”
The purpose of the Eyemouth Harbour Trust is to maintain, preserve and improve Eyemouth harbour for the benefit of stakeholders and the local community; while creating an important socio-economic legacy for the area.
As a trust port, iEyemouthoperates on broadly commercial lines, competing with private and local authority ports as well as other trust ports, but it is essentially a not-for-profit organisation, meaning that all revenue is ploughed back in to its facilities and services.