Following the results of a soft market testing exercise, a private sector partner may be sought to work with the owning authorities to deliver their regeneration vision.
Fulfilment of the vision will ensure the continued success of the airport and protect the surrounding area.
A report going to Worthing Borough Council's Cabinet on 13 September and Brighton & Hove City Council's Policy and Resources Committee on 15 September outlines the results of the soft market testing and recommended proposals.
The Airport's regeneration vision sets out to: · Expand and safeguard existing employment opportunities at the Airport · Retain the operation of an airport at Shoreham whilst protecting and enhancing the existing 'strategic gap' between Shoreham and Lancing, with environmental protection · Maximise the opportunities for the site to be a multi-modal transport hub (including park and ride, and a parkway) · Ensure all development conforms to the principles of sustainability Chair of the Joint Authority Task Group Don Turner said: "Our priority is securing the future of Shoreham Airport as an aviation facility. We've seen there is genuine and enthusiastic market interest for Shoreham Airport.
"We're now going to put proposals back into the private sector arena to get a viable solution to secure the airport's the long term regeneration vision."
Leader of Worthing Borough Keith Mercer said: "These results come at the end of extensive research and consultation to develop an agreed regeneration vision for the airport. The results show that we have the support we need in delivering our ambitions for the airport."
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) fully supports the continued commercial development of the airport which could make an important contribution to business travel.
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