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Firm shelves 35m airport revamp

Carlisle Airport
Stobart Air said the plans would create about 300 jobs

A 35m plan to redevelop Carlisle Airport has been shelved.

Stobart Air wanted to build a new runway and improve freight facilities at the site.

The project was delayed by lengthy negotiations after Carlisle City Council imposed more than 50 conditions on the planning application.

But a decision by Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears to "call in" the plans, has prompted Stobart Air to withdraw its application.


Carlisle Airport plans are shelved

The plans would have seen an extended runway, passenger terminal, air traffic control centre, hangars, office buildings, distribution warehouses and car parking facilities at the site.

The scheme was originally approved in March, but the firm said the high number of conditions imposed by the council were "impossible" to work with.

Final approval was given on 25 April, but Carlisle Council also referred the application to the Secretary of State.

On Tuesday Andrew Tinkler, chairman of Stobart Air said: "At the onset we have been very clear that the development plans would not go ahead if the application was called in.

"We have had no choice in withdrawing the application as we are still not clear on the real reasons why the application was called in."

Mr Tinkler added it was hoped a revised plan could be submitted later this year.

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