HUNDREDS of people have given their ideas on how a new Durham Tees Valley Airport should look.
The results of a two-month consultation have been revealed.
Nine hundred people came along to talks, another 130 sent in their views and 1,400 contributed with comments on the web.
The public said they wanted international air links to a ‘hub’ airport, a business park linked to the site and an airport which played a part in the development of the community.
The airport’s strategic planning director Peter Nears said the results were encouraging and all of the feedback would be taken into account in the work now underway on finalising the proposals for development of the airport to 2020 and beyond.
The plans will create up to 3,800 new jobs, with another 450 during construction phases.
The master plan proposes an airport which serves the needs of the business community and has new developments both north and south of the runway.
Mr Nears said: “We are very grateful for all those people and organisations who took the time to study the proposals and give us their views — and their concerns.”
He said most of the feedback was positive but there were “questions raised about certain aspects which we will now consider very carefully in drawing up the final plan.
“It is important to stress that the whole objective of this process is to reposition the airport in such a way that we can develop a viable business model and investment strategy for the long term.”
Proposals for the new-look airport include offices, up to 400 new houses and an extension to the on-site hotel.
A new link road, business park and aviation support facilities, including a new apron and associated hangars are also planned.
The finalised Plan is expected to be published in late March or early April. It can be viewed on-line at www.DTVA-Master-Plan.co.uk.