PLANNING consent to operate an air ambulance service from Eaglescott Airfield in North Devon has now been granted by North Devon District Council to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. The second Devon Air Ambulance has been operating from North Devon since April 2005 and from Eaglescott since April 2006, when the charity was gifted a 125 -ear lease by the owners. The service has now completed over 2000 missions. The charity's chief executive, Helena Holt, said: "We are delighted that planning consent for our new airbase has at last been granted. "This means we can move on to a new era for our North Devon operation. Now we can develop a purpose-built hangar, i3:01 PMncluding an operations room and full crew facilities, and we can now look forward to introducing an EC135 helicopter to North Devon as a replacement for our older Bolkow 105b aircraft, when the Trust takes delivery of its own new helicopter in September. "Most of all, planning consent provides us with long-term stability and the ability to plan effectively for the future and greater peace of mind for the people of North Devon. "We are very grateful for the support of the local community and parish council. We aim to make them very proud of the North Devon Air Ambulance which they now officially host.