Our local big bird station exciting plans to develop a brand new, £150M terminal – which would see the old one knocked down to make way for the development have been accepted following years of controversy. The new plan was first announced last January submitted and included a brand new three-storey, 34,000 sqm terminal which would be set to open in 2023.
LBA application to build a new, state-of-the-art replacement terminal has been accepted by Leeds CIty Council. The much needed make over will drastically improve passenger experience in the busy airport.
Planning officers recommended that decision-makers should give the new building the green light and a decision was finally reached after more than eight hours of deliberations.
After eight hours of delliberations a decision was fainlly announced for the new build. The new terminal will be a more efficient and sustainable development that will help them reach the carbon net zero target by 2023.
The old terminal will remain functional until the new one’s opening. The plans will enable the airport to meet its target of zero carbon emissions from airport operations by 2023. The new airport building’s work will most likely start this year with hope of the not airport building open to passengers in 2023.
Back in May, Hywel Rees, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said:
“The new terminal design allows delivery of existing consented capacity in a more efficient way, with a smaller environmental footprint. The replacement building will have a modern, flexible design whilst achieving operational excellence to give passengers the best experience and address the challenges we know our passengers face far too frequently that cannot be overcome within our current building.
“We are committed to the future of LBA and bringing our plans to fruition if approved. This significant investment in the airport will protect and create new jobs, boost international connectivity, and comes at a time when the region and sector need to turbocharge the economic recovery.”
Sandy Needham, Chief Executive of the West and North Yorkshire Chamber, said:
“Connectivity to markets around the world will remain a major factor in the growth of our regional economy once we are through the current crisis, and so plans to redevelop Leeds Bradford Airport are welcomed by the Chamber. As the economy begins to recover, investment in new infrastructure will provide jobs not only during the construction phase but after works are complete also.
“As we transition out of the single European market, hopefully with a comprehensive free trade deal, at the end of 2020 it will be more important than ever that Yorkshire businesses can access global markets conveniently. Dealing with the short-term implications of COVID-19 will undoubtedly be at the forefront of the minds of businesses but longer term market entry strategies will benefit from more efficient international connectivity from our regional airport.”