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Crisis talks over airport plans

Carlisle Airport
The company claims too many restrictions have been imposed

Crisis talks are to take place in an effort to rescue multi-million pound development plans for Carlisle Airport.

Stobart Air, which wants to invest 30m in a new passenger and freight facility, is unhappy at conditions imposed by city council bosses.

Carlisle Council approved the redevelopment plans on Friday, but said this was conditional on a host of restrictions being imposed.

The two sides were meeting on Monday in an effort to resolve the situation.

'Won't work'

Stobart Air wants to build a runway, passenger terminal, air traffic control centre, hangars, office buildings, distribution warehouses and car parking facilities at the site.

The existing runway dates back to the 1940s and is only able to handle limited traffic.

But despite the plans being approved, the city council said a number of conditions were necessary involving wildlife and drainage issues.

The company said one of the main problems was the demand that it construct a new runway before any warehouse or freight storage facilities.

William Stobart, the firm's chief operating officer, said: "This really just won't work. We have to be able to move our existing operation to the new site before we can go ahead and construct a runway."

Carlisle City Council said the number of conditions reflected the complexity of the planning application.

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