GALBA Welcomes Alex Sobel MP's Support in Calling-In the LBA Expansion Application
Alex Sobel, the MP for Leeds North West, has written to Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, requesting the LBA expansion application be called in.
In the post, Alex Sobel says:
I have requested that the split decision of the cross party plans panel to grant the new terminal and extend flight times at Leeds Bradford Airport be called in by the Government. This application was predicated on an expansion of flights equating to 3 million more passengers annually which is not in keeping with the sixth and subsequent UK carbon budgets which calls for no net increase in aviation emissions, nor is it in keeping with the recent Heathrow judgement in the Supreme Court. I do not believe that a local plans panel of 14 councillors is in any way a competent body to be making a decision of this significance. Applications which significantly affect the Carbon Budget must be made nationally. We need a national aviation plan and significant measures to reduce net emissions from UK flights. I look forward to seeing these in the Government’s response to the Committee on Climate Change’s Sixth Carbon Budget Report.
His full letter can be found below.