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Farmer loses airport revamp fight

Carlisle Airport
Stobart Air plans to improve the runway and terminal

A farmer has lost his legal battle to halt the expansion of Carlisle Airport.

Thomas Brown, from Irthington, was seeking a judicial review over Carlisle City Council's approval of Stobart Air's plans for the site.

He claimed the authority failed to consider the environmental impact of runway and terminal improvements when granting planning permission last year.

But Mr Justice Owen, at London's High Court on Friday, dismissed his complaints as "unarguable."

The decision means plans for the airport's multi-million pound redevelopment can now press ahead.

Mr Brown argued that Carlisle Council's decision to allow the expansion had been taken without the case being referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which is normally necessary for schemes of this nature.

But the High Court agreed with council officials, who said the proposals fell within a set development plan, which aimed to make more use of the airport.

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