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Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership


Newquay Airport has been shortlisted for the building of the UK Spaceport by 2018 and Cornwall County Council states that the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is leading on this. The LEP will first be considering the pending Civil Aviation Authority’s technical report, engage with consultation over the coming months and then consider the option to bid.


This is their most current statement:


17th Nov 2014.


Earlier this year Newquay Cornwall Airport was selected as one of eight potential UK sites to host a Spaceport.

Space and aerospace are identified in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan as having potential to create skilled and

well-paid jobs.


Because of their lead role in the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Newquay Cornwall Airport, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership is the lead body for the Spaceport initiative and has so far co-ordinated the submission of an official response to the Government’s consultation on the opportunities of a Spaceport. Space and aerospace are identified in the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Strategic Economic Plan as having potential to create skilled and well-paid jobs.


The Government consultation on Spaceport was launched in July after the shortlisted sites were announced, with a deadline for response on October 6. Submitting a response does not commit us to anything. We are now waiting to hear whether or not we will be invited to make a formal bid to host the Spaceport, and if so what the bid criteria will be.


Until we know those criteria, no decision on whether to bid will be made, and any decision must involve the Council as owner of the airport site and owner of Cornwall Airport Limited. The bid, if it went ahead, would include a number of technical studies and extensive consultation and would be funded from the European Regional Development Fund. Until we know the criteria we cannot say how much the process would cost.


Spaceport Cornwall Q&A – coming soon



20th August 2014


Many thanks for your email dated 14 August to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and for your support for Cornwall as the potential location for a UK spaceport at Newquay Airport.


The LEP has already gone on the record as saying that Newquay’s inclusion within the shortlist speaks volumes for the quality and location of the airport and the Aerohub enterprise zone which as you know is a key asset for Cornwall and already home to an increasing number of aerospace-focused businesses. The LEP wants to unlock further growth in the aerospace and space sectors to create skilled well-paid jobs. Satellite technology is also an important part of the future economic strategy for Cornwall.


As you’ll appreciate it is still very early days and before the LEP makes any decisions about whether it might eventually bid to host a spaceport it needs to look carefully at the Civil Aviation Authority’s technical report and engage with the consultation over the coming months before deciding on any next steps. That is a process which is ongoing now and the LEP would expect to be able to make further public comment in due course.

With best wishes


15th  July 2014


Cornwall identified as possible location for UK’s first spaceport


Newquay Cornwall Airport has been identified as a possible location for the UK’s first spaceport for commercial space flight.


A cross-government team, including the UK Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport, has today [15 July] published a long list of eight sites that it has identified as potentially suitable for a spaceport. The Government is committed to achieving a four-fold expansion of the UK space industry to £40bn by 2030, including an ambition to establish a spaceport in the UK by 2018.


A spaceport is a facility for the operation of sub-orbital spaceplanes. These are commercial civilian aircraft that may operate to deploy satellites, perform space experiments, or for space tourism. Newquay Cornwall Airport is the only site in England identified by the review as matching the proposed criteria for a spaceport. Other sites have been identified in Wales and Scotland.


The Department for Transport will now start a consultation period before inviting formal bids in the autumn, with a view to choosing a preferred site by April next year. Newquay Cornwall Airport is already home to Aerohub, the aerospace-focused Enterprise Zone which extends to 325 hectares and is the largest planning-free development site in the UK. It is located on the coast with uncongested and unrestricted airspace and one of the longest runways (2,744m) in the UK – all crucial criteria for a spaceport.


As well as being home to an increasing number of aerospace-focused businesses on the site, Aerohub is also the UK test location for The BLOODHOUND Project, the Ukled global project to build a supersonic jet-powered car that aims to set a 1,000mph land speed record.


And it is at the forefront of developments in the unmanned aerial vehicles sector through a partnership with West Wales Airport under the banner of the National Aeronautical Centre.


Commenting on today’s announcement by the Minister for Universities and Science, which was made at the Farnborough International Airshow, Chris Pomfret, chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The Aerohub at Newquay Cornwall Airport is a unique and nationally important asset and we want to unlock further growth in the aerospace and space sectors to create skilled well-paid jobs. Satellite technology is also an important part of the future economic strategy for Cornwall.

“To be shortlisted by the UK Space Agency review speaks volumes for the quality and location of Aerohub, but it is very early days. Before we make any decisions about whether we might eventually bid to host a spaceport we need to look carefully at the Civil Aviation Authority’s technical report and engage with the consultation over the coming months before deciding on any next steps.”


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Note to editors: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership drives activity to support business growth, create jobs and help people realise their potential. We are led by local business people working together with Cornwall Council and the Council of the Isles of Scilly to set priorities for how our economy should grow.


Our role is to decide how best to invest over £1 billion of public, private and European funds in the local economy by 2020. We want to build on our traditional strengths in bedrock industries such as tourism, agriculture, food and marine and pioneer new industries that make the most of our special environment, such as renewable energy, agricultural technology and the digital economy.


Our guiding principle is making sure the culture, communities and environment of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly remain special and unique.


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