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New plans for airport submitted

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

The owner of a Cumbrian airport has submitted scaled down plans for its 35m development after the original proposal met with controversy.

In June Stobart Air withdrew its plan to revamp Carlisle Airport after a public inquiry was ordered by Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears.

The main difference in the new proposal is that the airport building will be 30% smaller than the original plans.

Carlisle Council said the plan would be considered at a meeting on 19 December.

Improve freight

A council spokeswoman added that a "formal publicity and consultation process" would begin later this week.

Stobart Air wants to refurbish the runway and improve freight facilities at the site.

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

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

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