Want to Take Action? Here's what to do in three easy steps - plus two more if you have time!

Step 1: Write to Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, asking him to ‘call in’ LBA’s application and hold a public inquiry

If you only do one thing, please do this today.

 

The quickest way is to use our prepared letter. All you need to do is add your name, address and email - click here.

 

Please share the link to the letter on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email it to your friends, family, community groups, political parties.

 

If you prefer to write your own letter to Robert Jenrick, click here for guidance on what to include.

Step 2: Write to your MP asking them to write to Robert Jenrick to ask him to ‘call in’ LBA’s application

It doesn’t matter which party your MP belongs to. Just make sure they know you want LBA’s application to go to a public inquiry. To make it easy we’ve suggested some wording below.

If you want to add more details to our suggested letter, click here for guidance

If your MP is Robbie Moore (Keighley), Stuart Andrew (Pudsey) or Philip Davies (Shipley), it would be great if you could tailor your message to them. Because they are Conservative MPs whose constituencies are on the flight path, Robert Jenrick will be keen to hear their views. Click here for some suggestions of points you might want to raise.  

 

But if you don’t have time, don’t worry, just send them the email below.

If you’re unsure who your MP is or how to contact them, you can find out here.

 

SUGGESTED LETTER TO YOUR MP

 

Dear X

 

I am writing to ask you to support the call for Leeds Bradford Airport’s planning application to be ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP.

 

The full effects of LBA’s application have not been adequately addressed by Leeds City Council. Only a public inquiry can fully consider all of the issues.

 

This application has implications of national and international significance, and has caused substantial national and cross-boundary controversy. It also goes against national policies with regard to the UK’s duty to reach net zero by 2050.

 

As your constituent, I ask you to write to Robert Jenrick MP to ‘call in’ the LBA Planning application as a matter of urgency.

 

I look forward to your reply.

 

Thank you

 

Name, address, postcode, email address

 

 

Step 3: Sign and share the petition calling for a public inquiry into LBA expansion

Please click on this link to sign our petition to Robert Jenrick. Afterwards please share the link to the petition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email it to your friends, family, community groups, political parties…

 

 

Finally - If you have time to do more, click here for two further steps.

Thank you for taking further steps to oppose the expansion of Leeds Bradford Airport.  

 

Here are some more things you can do…

 

Write to the press

Politicians care what the newspapers print and newspapers care what their readers think. We need the Secretary of State to feel the pressure from within and beyond West Yorkshire. Here is some guidance on writing letters to the press.

​Always make it clear that your letter is for publication. Make sure to send the text in the body of email as well as an attachment. Keep it brief – it gives you more chance of being published. Most letters that get used are under 250 words.

  • Ideally start with something topical. Search for something the newspaper has recently written about and make your letter link to that story. Quote the previous article’s headline and date in the first line of your letter.

  • Briefly refer to either Leeds City Council’s decision to allow expansion or Robert Jenrick’s postponement of his decision on a public inquiry.

  • Briefly refer to the consequences of expansion - eg nearly double passengers and emissions, use up the city’s entire carbon budget. Keep it tight, don’t go into loads of detail about the process or background.

  • Reminder that the UK govt claims it is leading the fight against climate change as the host of COP26 climate conference in November.

  • Make clear that Robert Jenrick has been asked to ‘call in’ the Leeds decision and subject it to real scrutiny at a public inquiry.

  • A public inquiry is an opportunity for government to reclaim climate leadership and do the right thing.

  • Add your name, address, email address, phone number at the end.

 

Keep an eye on your email inbox in case they get in touch with you.

 

National newspapers:

 

Local newspapers:

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Write to Alok Sharma MP, President of the COP26 International Climate Conference

COP26 will be held ​​in Glasgow in November 2021.

It will bring together governments from all over the world to review their plans to avoid climate breakdown and to renew their commitments to reach net zero by 2050.

The UK government presents itself as a world leader on tackling the climate crisis and Alok Sharma MP has the role of COP26 president. We believe he will not want to go to Glasgow with a decision to allow LBA expansion hanging round his neck.

So we can pressure him to ask Robert Jenrick to ‘call in’ LBA’s application and hold a public inquiry before November. Here are some points you could include in your letter.

Mark it ‘FAO Alok Sharma - COP26’ and email to: publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

  • Re application to expand Leeds Bradford Airport

  • as President of COP26, I ask you to ask Robert Jenrick to call in LBA’s application.

  • the UK’s reputation as a world leader on tackling the climate crisis is at stake

  • LBA wants 75% increase in LBA’s passengers by 2030 - means doubling its emissions in 10 years

  • increasing greenhouse gases is incompatible with UK’s obligation to reach net zero by 2050

  • goes against advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in Sixth Carbon Budget - there should be “no net expansion of UK airport capacity”

  • would be very embarrassing for you as government’s senior representative at COP6

  • I welcome your comments about the Cumbria coal mine - LBA is the aviation equivalent

  • Leeds City Council said that greenhouse gases from international flights are not their responsibility - it’s up to national government

  • national government must take responsibility - if not, who will?

  • ‘call in’ would allow a public inquiry to fully assess climate impacts of LBA expansion

  • if expansion is allowed, would open the floodgates to airport expansions throughout UK

  • would destroy the UK’s claim to be a world leader on tackling the climate crisis

  • I urge you to contact Mr Jenrick in support of a call in

  • Add your name, address, email address

 

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Guidance on writing your own letter to Robert Jenrick or to your MP  

  • Make sure to start and end with the fact that you want the planning application to expand Leeds Bradford Airport to be ‘called in’

  • there are good grounds to ‘call in’ the application

  • it has significant national implications far beyond Leeds - additional greenhouse gases affect the UK’s duty to reach net zero by 2050; the Committee on Climate Change recommendations in 6th Carbon Budget were not considered; if LBA expands, another airport must reduce its capacity; the full and cumulative effect of emissions were not considered

  • it has controversial effects beyond Leeds - economic impact on the Yorkshire region and beyond; potential for serious economic disbenefits are not “very special circumstances” to allow development on Green Belt

  • it has controversial cross-boundary impacts - additional noise adversely affects people in Leeds and Bradford council areas

  • Leeds City Council did not consider these issues adequately

  • it’s in the national interest to consider the planning application fully and properly at a public inquiry

  • please show leadership and ‘call in’ this application

  • add your name, address, email address

The address to send it to the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick, is: PCU@communities.gov.uk.

 

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Guidance on writing to Robbie Moore, Stuart Andrew, Philip Davies

 

We believe many people living in their constituencies (Keighley, Pudsey, Shipley) are not fully aware of the impact of LBA expansion on their local communities.

 

Here is guidance on what to say - preferably in your own words. Use as many or as few suggestions as you want but make sure to stress that you would like your MP to ask Robert Jenrick to call in the application for a Public Inquiry.

 

Dear X

I am very concerned about the implications of Leeds Bradford Airport expansion on our area. I don’t feel we have been properly consulted, especially on the new flying hours.

I want the application to go to a public inquiry where all the effects of expansion can be properly assessed.

With as many as 3 million more passengers each year, I believe the following questions have not been adequately addressed.

 

How many more flights will depart and arrive over our area each year and each day in summer between 6-7.00am and 11-11.30pm?

How many more flights will there be at night? Will there be any quiet time?

 

Although planes may get quieter in the longer term, will noisier planes be allowed now?

 

How will increased noise levels be properly monitored in our area and who will enforce noise levels?

 

Will non trivial sanctions be applied if noise levels are breached?

 

How many more homes will need noise insulation? Will I qualify for financial help?

What will be the impact on the size, look and feel of the local greenbelt?

 

How many years will it take for the offsetting from tree planting to have any significant impact on emissions?

 

What impact will increased airport traffic have on roads in and around our area? How will air pollution be monitored and controlled?

 

Who is paying for any road improvements? Is the new train station agreed? When will it be completed? Who is paying for it?

There are crucial climate considerations, which have not been addressed by Leeds City Council. For example:

How much will greenhouse gas emissions increase?

 

How will the airport expansion affect the Government’s ability to reach its 2050 net zero obligation?

Given all the above, it is clear that this development needs to be assessed by a Public Inquiry.

As your constituent, I ask you to write to Robert Jenrick and ask him to ‘call in’ LBA’s planning application.

I look forward to your reply.

Name, address, postcode, email

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