Leeds Bradford Airport development plans at last to go to…

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Leeds Bradford Airport development plans at last to go to…

Leeds Bradford Airport development plans at last to go to public inquiry – date unknown
2022-01-19 17:33:00
Leeds Bradford airport Leeds Bradford submitted plans for new terminal building & more passengers (4m to 7m a year) in May 2020. There has been intense opposition to the plan, led by local opposition group, GALBA.  In March 2021 the terminal plan was approved by Leeds City Council, but in April 2021 the government issued a direction to the Council, preventing councillors from granting the planning permission without special authorisation. There have been numerous requests for the application to be called in. Now it has been announced by the DLUHC – headed by Michael Gove – that the application will indeed go to a public inquiry – though the date is not yet decided.  It is a triumph for the persistent pressure by opponents, managing to achieve this significant delay. The inquiry means the arguments against the expansion will be properly and fully heard.  Some of the matters that Mr Gove “particularly wishes to be informed about” included the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with government policies for “protecting green belt land” and “meeting the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change”. Airport expansion can only increase carbon emissions.  .Tweet   Leeds Bradford Airport development plans to face public inquiry 19.1.2022 (BBC) A public inquiry is to be held into the decision to allow the building of a new £150m terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). Under the plans, existing buildings at Leeds Bradford Airport would be demolished and a new terminal built. The airport’s planning application was approved by Leeds City Council in March last year, despite objections by campaigners and local MPs. The then Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick postponed making a decision on calls for a public inquiry. However, his successor Michael Gove has now “called in” the plans. The project would see existing buildings demolished to make way for the new 366,000 sq ft (34,000 sq m) three-storey terminal. The airport claimed the replacement building would be a more efficient and sustainable development, helping it to achieve its carbon net-zero goals by 2023. Leeds Bradford Airport terminal deals with about four million passengers annually. According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, a letter from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities stated that matters which Mr Gove “particularly wishes to be informed about” included “the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with government policies for protecting green belt land”. The letter also listed “the extent to which the proposed development is consistent with government policies for meeting the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change” and the extent to which the plans for the airport were “consistent with the development plan for the area”. The decision to call in the plans to redevelop the terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport and hold a public inquiry was welcomed by the Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA). Chris Foren, chair of GALBA, said: “It means all the consequences of LBA expansion will be properly considered by experienced planning experts.” Mr Foren highlighted the fact that the inquiry w

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