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£15m Norwich Aeropark plans launch delayed due to lack of funding and NDR

07:43 23 December 2015

Norwich Airport. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich Airport. Photo : Steve Adams

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A bid to create an aeropark at Norwich Airport has been put on ice due to lack of funding, it has been revealed.

Plans for Air Livery aeroplane painting base at Norwich Aeropark.Plans for Air Livery aeroplane painting base at Norwich Aeropark.

The 100-acre site, to the north east of the main runway, was aimed to be a business park for aviation firms, create more than 1,000 jobs over the next decade, and secure the airport’s future.

It is understood sourcing investment for the £15m project is being held up by the completion of the Northern Distributor Road which is set to be finished in 2018.

However the Aviation Academy, which will provide apprenticeships and training, is not affected by this decision.

The first stage of the aeropark was to build five new hangars for aircraft painting firm Air Livery.

A spokesman for the airport, which was bought by The Rigby Group in June last year, said: “The Air Livery development planned for Norwich Aeropark is on hold due to the cost of developing both the facility and the required site infrastructure, including the access road.”

She added the airport was in ongoing discussions with Air Livery to look at other options for providing space for business growth.

“The development of the aeropark remains a core objective for the airport and local authorities, and the access provided to the site by the upcoming NDR will be key in unlocking the site’s potential,” she said.

Plans were originally announced in 2012, when Norwich International Airport teamed up with Cambridge-based firm Wrenbridge to develop the site.

Planning permission for the first stage of the project - for Air Livery to build five 17m units and create 150 jobs with an access road to the A140 - was secured in 2013.

But the airport was bought by the Rigby Group in June last year, and Wrenbridge is no longer involved in the project.

Wrenbridge director Ewen McLeod said the viability of the project was tough. He added the view of the Rigby Group was 
that it would progress the project itself. “We came to a mutual 
agreement our involvement wasn’t needed,” he said.

Air Livery finance director Mark Thomas said the expansion could not progress due to lack of funding.

In February it was revealed Norwich City Council had been prepared to lend £9.7m to a project involving Norwich International Airport.

The loan was not given, but the council has refused to reveal what the mystery project was.

Are you involved with the aeropark? Email sabah.meddings@archant.co.uk

15 comments

  • Problems due to lack of funding and NDR.. OK let's talk about future opportunities I think Norwich passenger throughput per year is about 105000 (less than 2 weeks from Stansted) less than half that of Doncaster earlier this year Airport Watch suggested Norwich along with other smaller airports were not viable. problems with lack of funding may be investors view of viability. If you want greater use for servicing painting etc then a longer runway to get bigger stuff in might help. This area is landlocked...like Southampton airport.

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    Ivor

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • So a nice civil conversation about whatever we want is hilarious, bordering-on-the-ridiculous comments? I think we know who's made themselves look hilarious, bordering-on-the-ridiculous! The article is about viability of bringing further industry to the area of Norwich airport - the discussion is about the suitability of the location! get a grip!

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    Jonno65

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Love all these hilarious, bordering-on-the-ridiculous comments! Everything from Norwich airport will close to saying it should be moved to the middle of nowhere (i.e. Mildenhall and Coltishall). Has anybody read the article? Nothing to do with the passenger terminal (or, really, the airport itself), nothing to do with the fact it will be better connected than ever with the NDR nor that with all the extra housing coming to that side of the city (and the county as a whole) it'll surely be busier than ever. Still so funny! Keep them coming - maybe aliens will take it over next?!

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    Steveo

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Steely Dan - I agree - I love the convenience and use it for that reason but I doubt they'll make a proffit from us two alone. With the Amsterdam hub you can travel the world and agree some good deals can be found too. I flewin from the States this year and was at home with a cup of tea in less than 20 minutes of landing - Bags are there in minutes, straight through security and no 4 hr nightmare drive home after a long flight - you can't put a price on that convenience I'll keep using it until its last days but sadly still a luxury not a necessity.

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    Jonno65

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • I like Norwich airport. You can always find a seat and the queues at the cafe aren't too long. Also you don't have to arrive 3 or 4 hours before your flight is due. The airport tax is a pain but you can factor it into the price when you pay for your ticket. The KLM £127 return to Amsterdam fare is a good deal. I stopped using Stansted years ago due to the volume of people.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • jonno65 you are spot on. if they close norwich and develop mildenhall, i wouldn`t bother, i`d just square the circle and use stanstead. we know someone who used to work at the airport in quite a senior position, they said it`s a miracle the place is still open now. and with what`s happening in the world hitting the number of destinations, i`ll be amazed if the airport is anything more than a helicopter hub in 10 years. as for the exit tax, don`t get me started!!...

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    blueboy

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Rushallchap2 I agree we just don't create the demand. Years of bad management and dear I say the Exit tax have scuppered any growth plans for Norwich Airport. With the city boundary expanding it is slowly being swallowed up by development. With Stanstead on our door step we don't really need this anymore even though I have to say I do use it but as a luxury not a necessity. it's 10 minutes from my home. Coltishall would never of worked either wrong location! As for Mildenhall? too close to London. to make a difference. Marham could work as west of the county to capture the midlands but the road network is shocking so would need a major overhaul to attract passengers.

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    Jonno65

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Marham won't move - The infrastructure going up for Litening 2 assures that. Mildenhall however should be retained or at least become East Anglia Airport

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    d, west lynn

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • What on earth is the council doing getting involved in commercial speculation with our money? If it's such a good thing surely the private sector will back any venture.

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    Green Ink from Tunbridge Wells

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Another airport in the eastern is completely pointless there just isn't the density of population to justify it. The demand simply isn't there. For all the hand wringing about population growth the reality of the matter is that of the 48 counties of England the eastern region has the 35th, 38th, 40th and 42nd least densely populated. There is simple easy access to a range of airports, which are more than adequate.

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    Rushallchap2

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • …..Look to the future Ted!….Why do you think the NDR is being built..To ease traffic on the roads around North Norwich?….WRONG!!….The Airport will become the biggest Housing development imaginable when the wraps come off in about 2 years time!…and it is sold!…. .The supply road for building materials has been started..at Postwick,…. and will probably finish at the Eastern edge of the Runway 27 on some pretext or another!….Do I know this for fact?…NO!….but I do have CRYSTAL B*LLS!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Coltishall is in the wrong place. Even with the NDR it's too far out of the way. To get a regional hub airport, Mildenhall would be the best place - not far from the A14 and A11, so good communication links. Central to Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. It could take some of the pressure off Stanstead. It would have great links to the Norwich research park, the research places around Cambridge and the other tech hubs in the area. The runways are already there, so it would just be a case of putting in civilian-grade terminal facilities and link roads to the A11 and A1065.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • I agree With you Ivor. What an opportunity that has been missed. coltishall could have been a great airport for the area. I believe it had one of the longest runways in the country. There could have been investment in the roads and huge area for business investment on the grounds. Then housing could have been built on the site that Norwich airport now stands. This was all said at the time but turned down. I wonder why, could it have been greed................ Hummmm

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    Panic

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • was never the best place for an airport, but it is there now and unlikely to be moved, just pleased i don't live anywhere near it.

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    ted

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Norwich airport - not surprised runway too short 1200m shorter than stansted, wrong place, flights too expensive. Marham should have been a civil airport and Norwich (or coltishall) military. Or move Marham to Mildenhall as that is planned to close.

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    Ivor

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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