'Leeds Bradford Airport expansion will damage environment' - Wakefield councillors oppose £150m new terminal plan

Wakefield Labour councillors have objected to a plan to expand Leeds Bradford Airport.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 4:45 pm
Leeds Bradford Airport

The Deputy leader of Wakefield Council, Jack Hemingway, submitted a formal objection on the grounds the plan would have a serious impact on the environment due to an increase in carbon emissions and increased night flying.

LBA's plans are for a new "state of the art" £150m terminal which would accommodate seven million passengers per year by 2030.

Coun Hemingway, who is the council's cabinet member for climate change, said: "The application is a matter of considerable public interest both across the region and in the Wakefield district.

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"As a council, Wakefield has committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030, as have many of our sisters councils including Leeds where the airport is situated.

"Whilst we are mindful of the potential economic benefits that the expansion might bring, these have to be weighed carefully against the harm that would be caused.

"Local authorites have many difficult decision to make between good economic growth and the preservation of our environment. As part of this we want to see our region move towards a sustainable green economy and a carbon neutral economy.

"In our view this application efforts to achieve these shared goals."