Decision due on Queen Alexandra Hospital helipad night time landing proposal

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Residents and medics will today discover whether helicopters will be able to land at Queen Alexandra Hospital through the night, as well as during the daytime.

Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee meets this afternoon to decide whether to permit the Cosham superhospital’s helipad to be used 24 hours a day.

Currently, a planning condition set in 2004, stops helicopters travelling there between 6pm and 8am.

The hospital and leading health representatives across our region say the condition should be lifted because it will enable people to be transported for emergency, potentially life-saving, treatment much more quickly.

But neighbours of the hospital say the noise and disruption to their lives would be intolerable.

Council planning officers have recommended the planning committee should allow flights to operate 24 hours a day.

But the committee is not obliged to follow those recommendations.