Farmer’s legal challenge to Carlisle airport heard today

28.9.2009     (News & Star)

by Julian Whittle

A legal challenge to the redevelopment of Carlisle Airport is due to be heard
in the High Court today.

Gordon Brown, who farms at Lane End opposite the Crosby-on-Eden airfield, is
seeking a judicial review of Carlisle City Council’s decision to grant planning

A judge sitting in Newcastle threw out his original review application in July.

But Mr Brown has pursued the case, which was due to go back before a judge at
the Royal Courts of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, in London today.

Airport owner Stobart Group wants to build an HQ and warehousing for its Eddie
Stobart haulage business. But Mr Brown argues that the process which led to planning
permission was legally flawed.

Plans for the £25m scheme were approved in December. Mr Brown argues they should
have been referred to the Government Office North West as a "departure" from planning
policy, as an earlier application had been. This may well have triggered a public


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