MP calls on Sutton Harbour to name its price for the airport site
AIRPORT operator Sutton Harbour Holdings has been attacked for refusing to reveal how much its Roborough site is worth.
The company, which closed down the airport last December, has rejected an appeal for the information by Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP Oliver Colvile.
Mr Colvile wrote to Sutton Harbour last month asking for the figures.
He said that he received a reply yesterday from chief executive Jason Schofield, saying the information was "commercially sensitive" and could not be released.
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"That is not a satisfactory answer," Mr Colvile said.
"People wanting to make a bid to run the airport need that information to write their business plan."
Mr Colvile said he would now be writing to council leader Tudor Evans, asking him to instruct officers to carry out valuations of the land for use as an airport and for development, as proposed by Sutton Harbour Holdings.
Sutton Harbour holds a 150-year lease on the land. The council owns the freehold.
In his letter to Mr Colvile, Sutton Harbour chief executive Jason Schofield wrote that "information of this nature is commercially sensitive and I am therefore unable to comment at this time".
He went on, "we have always been prepared to consider any credible business proposal for the airport, provided it is evidenced by the appropriate financial support, but to date no such proposal has been received".
A spokesman for Sutton Harbour Holdings said: "We would assume that any parties with a serious interest in the airport would engage independent expert advice about the value of the land.
"While we understand the reasons for Mr Colvile's request, any value we might put on the site is commercially sensitive information.
"However we have always said we would evaluate any substantive proposals brought forward by parties who can demonstrate the necessary financial capability. To date none has been forthcoming."