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Optimism over airport plans row

Carlisle Airport
Both sides say good progress has been made over the plans

Major plans to revamp Carlisle Airport look to be back on track days after developer Stobart Air threatened to pull out.

The haulier, based in the city, wants to invest 30m in new facilities, but was unhappy at conditions imposed by Carlisle City Council.

Following crisis talks, the number of disputed conditions has now been reduced to just two.

The amended plans are due to go before the planning committee on 25 April.

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 original plans being approved, the city council imposed more than 60 conditions.

Following Thursday's meeting, only two disputed conditions remain - relating to wildlife and noise levels.

Both the council and the haulage firm now say they are confident an agreement can soon be reached.

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