It may not be the end for Doncaster Sheffield Airport as Doncaster Council agrees to set aside £3.1m to pursue a compulsory purchase order for the closed airport.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s services wound down in November 2022 just one month after it was named the best airport in the UK.
Which? asked over 7,500 members for their experiences from flying from UK airports over the last two years and Doncaster gained the top spot beating out similar-sized airports like Liverpool John Lennon and Exeter.
The BBC reported that at a meeting on Wednesday funding was given towards the legal costs of a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
The cabinet at the meeting also approved a new strategy to reopen the site. The CPO is there to be used if all other avenues such as sale or lease were exhausted.
The council released a statement of its plans to reopen the airport from the Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones and Doncaster’s MPs.
It said that under the South Yorkshire Airport City programme it hoped to “grow a cluster of businesses and commercial activity that complements traditional aerospace functions”.
The statement discusses plans to maybe lease the airport reading: “This is essentially a preliminary legal document which sets out the framework for a lease so it can be agreed in principle between the parties in the course of initial negotiations.”
“City of Doncaster Council has now sent that document to Peel for consideration.”
They added: “We understand there are still conversations under way between interested parties in a potential purchase direct of the site from Peel”.
“So, all in all, there is still much happening and updates will be given when appropriate to do so.”
According to Doncaster Freepress, the council is taking measures to ensure that vital assets can’t be removed with plans in place to reopen the site and also create a new business centre around aerospace functions.
The council has been offered a leasehold by Peel Group which would make them like a landlord and are in discussions with Peel Group about the realities of how that may look.