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Leeds Bradford Airport has scrapped plans to build a huge new terminal
2022-03-10 19:57:00
Leeds Bradford Airport has scrapped plans to build a new £150m terminal, saying they had withdrawn proposals because of “excessive delays” and the decision to hold a public inquiry into the development.” That may be because they realise there are very strong reasons, especially on climate, why the terminal should not be built, and they realises there is a likelihood they might lose, wasting money.  The expansion plans were first announced in 2020, with a planning application approved by the council in March 2021, despite objections by campaigners and local MPs. There was going to be a public inquiry. The overall impact of the new terminal would have been more planes, more passengers, more carbon emissions. The airport says it will now turn its attention to extending the existing terminal, plans for which were approved by Leeds City Council in 2019.  Local opponents, GALBA (Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport) are delighted; they have fought a remarkable, dogged and now successful campaign against the expansion for several years. They said it was a “victory for climate and communities”.  The higher aviation CO2 emissions would have made it “impossible” for Leeds city to meet its carbon target. .Tweet Campaigners Against Airport Expansion Celebrate Success as LBA Withdraws its Planning Application The Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) has responded to the news that LBA has withdrawn its controversial expansion plans. Chris Foren, chair of GALBA, said: “This is a victory for our climate and our communities – we are delighted that LBA has acknowledged defeat. It means that LBA cannot extend daytime flying hours nor remove night time flying controls. As they said in their own planning application, this means they don’t have the capacity to increase passenger numbers above 5 million a year.” “Make no mistake, this victory is down to the thousands of people who took action, donated funds and never gave up hope that we CAN make the right decisions today to build a better tomorrow. GALBA would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has backed our campaign.” He added: “We will keep a close eye on what the airport’s Australian owners do next. We will act again if they try to break any rules. We remain ready to continue the fight to protect our climate and communities. But for today, we’re celebrating success!” Additional notes: 1) Public inquiry – cancelled: the Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the public inquiry has been cancelled following LBA’s decision to withdraw its application to expand. 2) LBA’s Planning Application, Environmental Statement, Introduction, para 1.1.4: “The Airport is forecast to continue to grow over the next decade reaching 7 million passengers per annum (mppa) by 2030, assuming that existing operational restrictions imposed by existing planning controls are amended through the current planning application” https://www.galba.uk/post/campaigners-against-airport-expansion-celebrate-success-as-lba-withdraws-its-planning-application Leeds Bradford Airport scraps plans for new £150m terminal 10.3.2022 BBC Share IMAGE SOURCE,PRESS HANDOUTUnder the plans, existing buildings at Leeds Bradford Airport would have been demolished and a new terminal built Leeds Bradford Airport has scrapped plans to build a new £150m terminal. Airport bosses said they had withdrawn proposals because of “excessive delays” and the decision to hold a public inquiry into the development. They said they would now turn their attention to extending the existing terminal, plans for which were approved by Leeds City Council in 2019. Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) said it was a “victory for climate and communities”. The latest expansion plan for the airport had caused controversy since it was first outlined in 2020. A planning application was approved by the council in March last year, despite objections by campaigners and local MPs. The project would have seen existing buildings demolished to make way for the new 366,000 sq ft (34,000 sq m) three-storey terminal. The airport had claimed the replacement building would be a more efficient and sustainable development, helping it to achieve its carbon net-zero goals by 2023. Four million passengers journey through the airport annually and the business had already

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