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Campaigners “celebrate success” over cancelled expansion plans at Leeds Bradford Airport

Campaigners are "celebrating success" over the scrapped Leeds Bradford Airport extension plans.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has scrapped its plans to build a new controversial £150m terminal.

LBA bosses have withdrawn proposals because of “excessive delays” and the decision to hold a public inquiry into the development.

The airport bosses said they would now focus their attention on extending the existing terminal, plans for which were approved by Leeds City Council in 2019.

The controversial latest expansion plans had been under criticism since it was first outlined in 2020. A planning application was approved by Leeds City Council last year, despite objections by campaigners and local MPs.

The plans would have seen existing buildings demolished to make way for the new 366,000 sq ft three-storey terminal.

The developers 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 been granted permission to increase that to seven million over a 10-year period.

An activist group that has steadily rejected the plans from the get-go, Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA), has responded to the news of the withdrawal.

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 nighttime 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!”

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