Friday, February 3, 2023

Doncaster Sheffield Airport legal challenge unsuccessful but council vows to fight on

Doncaster Council has received the Judgement of the Administrative Court on its application to Judicially Review the decision of Doncaster Sheffield Airport Limited and the Peel Group to close Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Although the court’s judgement found that much of the council’s submission had merit, unfortunately it has determined that the council do not have the ability to ensure that the airport remains open.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “Whilst I am disappointed in this decision, we knew we had to test Peel’s decision legally and although the judge’s decision has not fallen on our side, we do not regret taking this to court.

“We have to use every legal tool at our disposal and this was one of them. The other is a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) that the council supported and we will now progress. We knew that the judicial review in itself would not have saved the airport as it could not have compelled Peel to reverse their decision to close Doncaster’s Airport.

“The only way this will happen is if Peel sell the airport (and the investors we identified are still talking to Peel) or if we are successful in securing a CPO of the airport site and works with the market to secure an operator.

“I remain convinced that Doncaster’s airport can and should be a success and I remain committed to the fight for Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“I hope that the Peel Group will reach a deal with the interested purchasers, but in the event that this does not happen then, I have instructed Doncaster Council officers to now focus their efforts on the preparation for a CPO of the airport site.

“There is significant backing for this course of action, with cross party support by Doncaster Councillors, local and regional MPs and also the business community with the latest South Yorkshire Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey showing 69% in favour of a CPO and only 7% against.

“My thoughts as always are with those people who are losing their jobs as a result of Peel’s actions and decisions – it did not have to be like this. We will continue to fight for DSA.”

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