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Airport campaigners welcome withdrawal of LBA’s night flight applications

December 13 2023 • 3 minute read

The Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport (GALBA) has welcomed today’s announcement that the airport has withdrawn its controversial night flight applications. However, the airport has submitted four new applications that also aim to increase the number of flights at night.

GALBA will carefully assess the new applications and has vowed to continue its fight to stop any extra night flights. The campaigners are grateful that Leeds City Council issued a call for evidence when the original applications were made, as that allowed GALBA to provide important information to the Council. They have also called on the council to open a new consultation process so that the public can respond to the new CLEUD applications.

On the same day that world leaders at the COP28 conference announced they would take steps to reduce climate damaging greenhouse gases, LBA announced yet another attempt to increase those gases. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Chris Foren, chair of GALBA, said: “We were always confident that LBA’s CLEUD applications should be thrown out. It looks like the airport agrees with us”

“LBA’s boss has consistently shown that he cannot be trusted to stick to the night flight rules. Now it turns out his CLEUD applications were misleading and a waste of Leeds City Council’s time and money.”

“However, we are aware that LBA has submitted four new CLEUD applications. There is a lot of information to analyse and that’s exactly what we will do. GALBA will not give up our fight to protect the health of people living under the flightpath and we will do everything possible to protect our climate.

“On the same day that world leaders at the COP28 conference announced they would take steps to reduce climate damaging greenhouse gases, LBA announced yet another attempt to increase those gases. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

Chris added: “We call on Leeds City Council to open a new consultation process that allows enough time for the public to read and respond to LBA’s new applications. The time allowed for consultation should take into account the Christmas holiday season. The public should not be stymied by new applications being made just before the Christmas break.”

“We were always confident that LBA’s CLEUD applications should be thrown out. It looks like the airport agrees with us! LBA’s boss has consistently shown that he cannot be trusted to stick to the night flight rules. Now it turns out his CLEUD applications were misleading and a waste of Leeds City Council’s time and money."

Additional notes

CLEUD applications: in September, LBA submitted five applications for Certificates of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) to Leeds City Council. One was withdrawn in November. They asked the Council to reinterpret the meaning of the rules that limit night time flying so as to allow a major rise in the number of night flights. These applications have been withdrawn and four new CLEUDs have been submitted which also aim to increase the number of flights allowed at night.

Night flight rules: LBA operates under a cap on night time flights under its planning conditions. Leeds City Council has responsibility for monitoring and enforcing those conditions. They define the Summer Season as British Summer Time, which is 26 March to 29 October in 2023. The night time period is defined as 23:00 to 07:00 and an aircraft movement is defined as a landing or a departure.

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