Leeds Council Approves Leeds Bradford Airport Project

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Leeds Council Approves Leeds Bradford Airport Project

Leeds Council Approves Leeds Bradford Airport Project

Leeds City Council has granted permission for Leeds Bradford Airport to construct a new terminal building, with councillors voting by nine to five in favour of the recommendation made by the city’s planning officer, Insider Media reported.

The news provider noted that approval has been granted subject to further discussions surrounding conditions, with updated plans and another report set to be prepared for councillors and presented to them later this year.

The plans are for a three-storey terminal building that will replace the existing terminal, which was constructed in 1965. The new terminal will cover 365,000 sq ft and is due to be located in an alternative location to the existing terminal within the airport’s boundary.

Some 850 construction jobs are set to be created during the building phase, while the new terminal will also allow the airport to increase its passenger numbers.

According to the news provider, Leeds Bradford Airport aims to increase the number of people travelling through its hub from four million to around seven million by 2030.

Airport operators have also stressed that the new terminal will be one of the country’s most environmentally efficient airport buildings once it is completed, and will significantly improve the passenger experience.

It will also lead to the creation of around 12,650 permanent jobs, the airport estimates, highlighting how the airport’s expansion could benefit the wider Leeds City region.

Following the decision, Leeds City Council issued a statement, acknowledging that the project has been “the subject of much public debate”.

“There were a large number of matters for plans panel members to consider during this process, including the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and the issue of increasing carbon emissions from flights,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added that the panel also considered issues such as aircraft noise levels and their effect on local residents, accessibility improvements that will be made under the plans and the proposal to encourage more people to travel to the airport on public transport.

In addition, they pointed out that the current terminal building is “outdated and inefficient”, and that the new terminal will be “built to a higher standard of environmental performance that would also provide an improved ‘gateway’ to Leeds, with an associated creation of new jobs”.

Yorkshire Evening Post noted that the new terminal will be constructed closer to the proposed ‘parkway’ railway station than the existing building, adding that it will also deliver a new bus terminal and taxi drop-off area.

The proposals also include new car parking areas and will improve vehicle access to the terminal building, the newspaper added.

In total, the project is expected to cost £150 million and, although it has been approved in principle, there could still be stumbling blocks if the planning officers are unable to successfully renegotiate the areas that the planning panel expressed concern about. 

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