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Council agrees 125yr lease as it looks to reopen Doncaster Airport

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Doncaster Council says it has agreed a 125 year lease with Peel Group for the site of Doncaster Sheffield Airport bringing its potential reopening one step closer.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport closed in November 2022 after the owners said it was no longer commercially viable as an airport and produced plans to turn the site into a business park.

A report in 2023 said that the airport was commercially viable and as a result Doncaster Council along with South Yorkshire Mayor committed to negotiate with investors and stakeholders to come up with a plan to reopen it under the South Yorkshire Airport City programme.

As well as the airport, the plan also includes retail parks, leisure complexes and other facilities in a cluster around the site.

Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said: “This is a significant day in our ambition to reopen the airport as the lease has been signed,” adding: “This is a major step in the reopening process. 

The next is appointing an operator and investor who will manage and develop the airport.

Conservative MP Nick Fletcher called it “Great news”.

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