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New future beckons for North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth as site is put up for sale

An aerial view of North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.

An aerial view of North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.

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A piece of Great Yarmouth’s aviation history which has been out of use for two years has been put up for sale.

North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.

The North Denes Airfield served oil and gas platforms in the Southern North Sea for more than half a century, but closed in 2015 after helicopter operator CHC started flying from Norwich Airport.

Now the 60.5-acre (24.5 hectare) site at Caister Road is being marketed for sale, either as a whole or in parts, with the sellers hoping for seven-figure bids for the land.

James Allen of Roche said: “We anticipate that the site will generate a lot of interest from a wide range of potential occupiers and developers.

“The site clearly has potential for continued aviation use but the prospects of this seem unlikely and therefore alternative commercial uses and development are likely to be the focus of interest in the site.

North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.

“The input of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, as planning authority, is being sought and will be a factor in deciding the future ownership and use of this significant site.”

On the potential price tag for the site, Mr Allen said: “We will be indicating that we will be looking for offers in the region of £2m for an unconditional sale – but the basis of interest and any conditions will have to be taken into account with any offers made for all or part of the site.”

The brownfield site includes two hangars, a terminal building, offices and storage accommodation, as well as an air traffic control facility, with the buildings totalling 33,500 sq ft. Most of the site is unsurfaced, apart from roadways and helicopter landing areas, and there are two grass runways.

“There is potential for the future development of the site subject to planning consent for a wide range of possible uses that might be commercial and/or residential,” added Mr Allen.

North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.North Denes Airfield in Great Yarmouth, which has been put up for sale after being out of use since 2015.

The closure of the heliport was confirmed in 2015, with the loss of 30 jobs, after CHC lost a contract with Perenco following the oil company’s move to Norwich.

Helicopters ferrying offshore workers had been a regular sight since 1965, with more than 5,000 passengers a month using the airfield in its early-1970s heyday.

From the turn of the century onwards, the decision of operators to relocate to Norwich Airport drew business away from the airfield, which closed in 2015.

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10 comments

  • Katarina Kellatti

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • It cant be used for housing. it is on the ancient estuary which went all the way up to Norwich in Roman times and only a sea wall at North Denes keeps the sea out. The land is a multlayered sandwich of estuary sand silts clays and peats-not the easiest land to build on and most of us are waiting for subsidence problems to manifest themselves on a new estate built on the margins of the estuary. There are many better and safer sites than a huge flood evacuation area-eg the old Pontins. Anything on the site ( which borders the Acle straight marshes) has to have minimum flood vulnerability.

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    FlintinChalk

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • The obvious thing is this will be a Housing site ... If a runway could be built then maybe a smaller version of Southend Airport which is growing over the years could be built.. Norwich is not interested in growing it`s plane travel, directly to holiday destinations the past 25 years that the public want or they would have expanded like all other airports... .. So GY HAS THE OPPORTUNITY to build a local airport if possible.... Taking people out and bring people in.. a massive boost for businesses and weekend trips in and out for us and for visitors abroad. .. If not then probably as I said another housing estate..

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    Lionel

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Perhaps Norwich airport should be made to buy the site as they were the reason business was lost. As for the land a quick check shows it is about 1 metre below sea level . . . So I guess realistically it rules out virtually any development needing buildings. Access has always been rubbish so really doesn't lend itself to any thing needing a lot of vehicular access, unless they rethink Caister Road and the stadium at this point. Shame the harbour wasn't built this end else it could be used as an HGV park. Perhaps conversion back to grazing marshes might be the best thing.

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    manbythesea

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • You forget boatman the area still has a fair number of offshore personnel . I heard the move to Norwich was more about businesses not wanting to be in Yarmouth and ease of transfer to KLM flights than the yarmouth heliport I suppose one of the units would make a decent roller rink to replace retroskate, which is one of the few facilities for the ordinary young and not so young people of Yarmouth which Plant is intent on demolishing to replace with private enterprise gyms.

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    FlintinChalk

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • On-shore wind farm, solar farm & bio-mass eco centre. There are most likely Government grants and subsidies available for developing areas, but not yet claimed by us.

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    Jonathan Bird

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Flood plain. In evacuation zone during last surge flood warning. And as John says should still be a heliport, if nothing else than for the trade it brought for hotels. The flood plain should rule out any form of bio mass hpower station and surely gybc development plans would have to change to allow industrial use. One good use would be a park and ride and low rise small business units but since the councils dismissed a Bure bridge extensive development has to be also limited by serious congestion on lawn avenue in the summer season

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    FlintinChalk

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • From a pollution point of view, I think the queue to get off the Acle straight when getting to heliport is likely to be causing far more pollution.

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    Boatman

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Site is in flood zone 3 which means high probability of flooding. Unsuitable for most developers.

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    suffin else

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Should still be used as a heliport as it's ridiculous flying all those helicopters right across the broads with all their pollution.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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