Public inquiry for Carlisle Airport plans

20.6.2008   (UK Airport News)

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has called a public inquiry to examine plans
to redevelop Carlisle Airport.

Her decision means that the £35m scheme for a new runway, terminal, hangars,
warehousing and offices will be delayed for around 12 months, with some suggestions
that it could be scrapped altogether.

Mrs Blears has called an inquiry because, she says, the scheme raises planning
issues of ‘more than local importance’ and because it ‘may conflict with national
policies on important matters’.

After the inquiry descision was announced, airport owner Andrew Tinkler is understood
to be considering his position.   He could walk away, especially if haulage group
Eddie Stobart pulls out of plans to move its Carlisle HQ to the airport.

20.06.08 Public inquiry for Carlisle Airport plans