Swift Aircraft is pleased to announce that the planning application to re-open the runway at Coltishall has now been submitted following the requirement for additional impact assessments.
After consultation with various groups, we have gained support from the local community, aviation authorities, aviation communities and STEM ambassadors. We invite you to join them in offering your support via the Planning Portal.
The company moved to SEP, formerly RAF Coltishall, last year, which was a fitting tribute to the site, and an incredible rebirth. Dave Stanbridge. Managing Director explains “helping to revive the British aviation industry has been a key goal of the mine from the outset and being able to do this from a site with such historical aviation value is inspiring. The passion of the local community to restore the heritage is infectious, and the support we have gained for our enterprise has been overwhelming. Saving the runway, and offering it back for the use it was built for is an opportunity to preserve part of the UK’s national aviation heritage. People fought tirelessly to save the runway from demolition, and this community is delighted that it is being used for the purpose it was built, albeit for the use of much smaller and quieter aircraft!”
He continues “Earlier in the year, there was a call to save military airfields from closure as they are a vital asset which, once closed will never be replaced, and we are offering active support to aviation groups which have been set up for this purpose. SEP at RAF Coltishall, and the opening of the runway is just a small part of the bigger picture, but one that will offer positive news to the aviation community and the local economy”
The company is set to create over 100 jobs in the area over the next few years, the majority in STEM functions, and look to move other parts of the Group to the site once planning is approved, which could increase this number significantly.