Leeds Bradford Airport expansion plans Potential Implications for Burley

Published: 27 February 2020

More detail has emerged on early planning to replace Leeds Bradford Airport’s (LBA) existing terminal. The new plans seek to replace the existing terminal building with what is described as a “more efficient and sustainable development”. As the plans are only at a ‘pre-application’ stage, a full planning application is yet to be submitted. What will be of interest to residents in Burley is that the proposed increase in passenger numbers (from 3.5m per year to 7.1m by 2030) has not changed.

Regional economic benefits to one side, there are several potential implications for Burley residents. Transportation access to the airport remains unclear. There was a consultation last year on the development of three optional road access routes. Leeds City Council has taken the view that none of these options satisfy its climate change / carbon footprint reduction strategy. There are also currently unanswered questions with regards the viability of a railway link to the airport.

Due to the prevailing wind, most fights leave LBA on a flight path passing between Menston and Burley. Some recent changes to controlled airspace could mean that LBA may be able to route flights on a more northerly heading, owing to a reduction in military airspace formally dedicated to RAF stations at Dishforth and Linton-on-Ouse. This may allow flights to be routed along the Otley / Burley pass with a turn west around Middleton or Denton. This is all to be considered, and LBA state they have no plans to consider such a routing before 2024. Indeed, the previous airport flight routing proposal was rejected due to failure to consult properly.

The Parish Council propose to meet with the Independent Commission on Civil Aircraft Noise (ICCAN) and exchange information to determine whether there is a way forward to mitigate the risks of noise increase which could stem from increased passenger numbers.

More detail has emerged on early planning to replace Leeds Bradford Airport’s (LBA) existing terminal. The new plans seek to replace the existing terminal building with what is described as a “more efficient and sustainable development”. As the plans are only at a ‘pre-application’ stage, a full planning application is yet to be submitted. What will be of interest to residents in Burley is that the proposed increase in passenger numbers (from 3.5m per year to 7.1m by 2030) has not changed.

Regional economic benefits to one side, there are several potential implications for Burley residents. Transportation access to the airport remains unclear. There was a consultation last year on the development of three optional road access routes. Leeds City Council has taken the view that none of these options satisfy its climate change / carbon footprint reduction strategy. There are also currently unanswered questions with regards the viability of a railway link to the airport

Due to the prevailing wind, most fights leave LBA on a flight path passing between Menston and Burley. Some recent changes to controlled airspace could mean that LBA may be able to route flights on a more northerly heading, owing to a reduction in military airspace formally dedicated to RAF stations at Dishforth and Linton-on-Ouse. This may allow flights to be routed along the Otley / Burley pass with a turn west around Middleton or Denton. This is all to be considered, and LBA state they have no plans to consider such a routing before 2024. Indeed, the previous airport flight routing proposal was rejected due to failure to consult properly.

The Parish Council propose to meet with the Independent Commission on Civil Aircraft Noise (ICCAN) and exchange information to determine whether there is a way forward to mitigate the risks of noise increase which could stem from increased passenger numbers.