Manchester airport granted planning consent for huge programme of building works on terminals etc

Manchester airport has huge expansion plans.  The City Council’s planning committee has approved part of a £1bn building plan. The Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) will expand and reconfigure Terminal 2, as a “super terminal” with a new elevated road, and a 7-storey car park and also reconfigure Terminal 3.  It wants to demolish Terminal One and its car park. The airport hopes over the next decade the project “will see the airport continue to develop as a global gateway for the UK, directly to and from the North.” The airport sees itself as a key part of the Northern Powerhouse idea. The expansion will also create space for 50 food and retail businesses – (airports need to boost profits.) Local Ringway Parish Council are deeply opposed to the planned developments, and say the airport is “our worse enemy.” They have been fighting the airport’s plans for decades.  Ringway PC says the impact on the environment will be ‘massive’.  “They build on farmland, knock down old houses and they just don’t care. They don’t care about the environment, about small villages being decimated …It’s a one-sided exercise, because planning applications from the airport will always be waved through.”  The building will overshadow local houses, make the roads busier and worsen noise pollution. 



Smallest parish council in the country to take on Manchester Airport’s plans for £1bn makeover

3.3.2016  (Manchester Evening News)

“The airport is our worst enemy”, says Ringway parish council chairman

The smallest parish council in the country is preparing to do battle with aviation giant Manchester Airport .

The David and Goliath stand-off will take place on Thursday 3rd as bosses at Manchester Airports Group seek planning approval for their £1bn transformation.

The only civil parish in the city of Manchester, Ringway is home to less than 100 residents who live close to Ashley in Cheshire and the surrounding area near the airport.

Its Parish Council, which has five members, has lodged an objection to the plan to build a ‘Super Terminal’.

READ MORE: Manchester Airport’s £1bm transformation plans (with pictures)

To be built on the hub’s existing footprint, the “Super Terminal” includes an 82,395m sq upward extension to Terminal Two, a new elevated road, a seven-storey car park extension and a new seven-storey car park. They also want to demolish Terminal One and its car park.

But Ringway Parish Council says the impact on the environment will be ‘massive’. The building will overshadow local houses, make the roads busier and worsen noise pollution, they claim.

Audrey O’Donovan, chairman of the council, whose home on Mill Lane overlooks both runways, told the M.E.N: “They say they listen to their neighbours but they don’t.

“Soon we feel like there will be nobody left living in Ringway parish because the airport will just keep building and building.

“It impacts on everyone – the air pollution, we can smell kerosene whenever the wind blows, and the noise.”

Audrey and husband Christopher, a fellow parish councillor, have lived in their home for 37 years.

She added: “The airport is our worst enemy – they are on our doorstep and we can’t let them run riot all over us. That’s why we’ve objected.

“They build on farmland, knock down old houses and they just don’t care. They don’t care about the environment, about small villages being decimated.

“The Government has given all airports carte blanche to do what they like and expand where they want.”

But she doesn’t hold out much hope for success.

She added: “It’s a one-sided exercise, because planning applications from the airport will always be waved through.

The parish council has objected to ‘at least 20’ planning applications made by Manchester Airports Group.

In a report, a planning officer has even written: “This development, as with all other Airport-related developments, is being objected to by Ringway Parish Council.”

But John Twigg, planning director for Manchester Airport, said the plans were inside the existing footprint to provide state of the art facilities and drive economic growth.

He added: “Manchester Airport has carried out a full consultation with key stakeholders and local residents as part of the planning application process. We have also conducted a wide range of independent environmental studies to assess the impact of the project.

“We support the view taken by Manchester City Council ’s planning officer in his report on the scale of this impact.”


Manchester Airport’s £1bn transformation moves forward

3.3.2016 (B Daily)

Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved part of a transformative £1bn plan to improve services at Manchester Airport.

With consent secured, the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) will expand and reconfigure Terminal 2, strengthening the airport’s offer for passengers and cementing its position as a key driver of the government’s Northern Powerhouse vision.

The programme’s director, Brad Miller, said of the decision: “Everyone at Manchester Airport is delighted that a significant piece of our £1bn transformation programme has been given planning consent.

“This means work can truly begin on the project, which over the next decade will see the airport continue to develop as a global gateway for the UK, directly to and from the North.“

He continued: “The enhancements the project will make will enable us to further adapt, modernise and transform the customer service experience we are able to offer passengers and airlines.

“It will also allow Manchester Airport to continue in its role as job creator and economic provider for Greater Manchester and the wider region.“

In addition to making Terminal 2 the airport’s primary terminal building, key aspects of the Transformation Programme include improvements to Terminal 3, new enlarged airside transfer facilities and a new security hall.

The expansion will also create space for 50 food and retail businesses.

Last month, Manchester Airport saw its route network expand with the introduction of three new services to Europe and another connecting the North West with Pakistan.


£1bn Manchester Airport transformation: Super-sized terminal, faster security, more passengers, more routes

2 JUNE 2015 (Manchester Evening News)

Airlines and politicians welcome ‘biggest single construction project Greater Manchester has seen’

Manchester Airport is to get a dramatic £1bn transformation, the M.E.N. can reveal – with a super-sized terminal and faster high-tech security lanes.

Said to be the biggest single construction project ever to take place in Greater Manchester, the 10-year scheme will more than double the size of Terminal Two and link it to an improved Terminal Three.

Ageing Terminal One will be demolished.

Meanwhile bosses aim to slash off-peak security queues to just five minutes.

Doubling the number of airport jobs to 40,000 within 30 years and adding 10m annual passengers in just a decade, the move bolsters Manchester’s battle for the government to recognise the true worth of regional airports and underlines Manchester Airport’s place at the heart of George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.

Among a range of high-tech changes will be a scheme to pre-clear American immigration in Manchester.

The latest technology will help passengers ‘flow’ through the airport, speeding up peak-time security from 15 to 10 minutes.

Passengers will have automatic bag-drops, and access to instant information on their phones.

There will be at least 50 food and drink outlets, more stands for aircraft and better links for connecting passengers.

The project is also aimed at attracting airlines and adding new long-haul routes to Asia and the east and west coasts of America.

Plans are now in the final stages and work is due to start next April, with a goal of Terminal Two completion by 2023.

By 2022, Terminal One, which was built in 1962, will be phased out.

By 2050, its hoped 55m passengers will use the hub every year, more than doubling the current 23m.

Charlie Cornish, chief executive of Manchester Airports Group, said: “Without doubt, with this level of investment Manchester will become one of the most modern and customer focused airports in Europe, demonstrating the importance of Manchester as a global gateway. It demonstrates that it’s more that just being about Heathrow or Gatwick.”

He described the revamp as a ‘modern facility geared around a high level of customer service, stress-free, hassle-free with modern technology and communication’.

He said HS2 and the east-west rail connections of HS3 were central to the scheme, adding: “We’re setting out how the airport will contribute to the development of a Northern Powerhouse and demonstrating the dynamic, can-do spirit that sums up the region.”

As M.A.G is part-owned by Manchester taxpayers, return from the investment will go directly into services.

Mr Cornish added: “In the long-term, the development not only creates jobs and therefore economic development for the region but in the longer term will lead to enhanced dividends falling down to shareholders.”

The £1bn project, funded by fast-tracking investment plans alongside borrowing, will include more than 60 changes all on the airport’s current footprint.

Mr Cornish promised ‘minimal disruption’ to passengers by working around terminal activity and only ‘knocking through’ at the 11th hour.

He vowed to work with the local community to mitigate disruption.

He said creating more car parking space was integral to the plans.

Manchester Airport, which already serves more than 70 airlines and 210 destinations, brings £1.8bn to the regional economy every year, employing 20,000 people and supporting a further 25,000 jobs.

It is already the only airport outside London with direct routes to Miami, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Singapore, Atlanta, Washington and Boston.

With current runway capacity, Manchester Airport has the potential to serve 55m passengers a year – at a time when capacity in the UK is at a premium.

Christian Seymour, from IFM Investors, 35.5pc shareholders in M.A.G, said: “As one of the largest airport operators in the UK, M.A.G has an outstanding track record of successful airport management.

“Since acquiring our stake just over two years ago, we have been delighted with the progress the Group has made in terms of implementing its capital investment plan and growing passengers and revenues. Of particular note is the turnaround M.A.G has achieved at London Stansted, transforming it into the fastest growing major airport in the country in just two years.

“M.A.G’s airports across the UK have a key role to play in meeting the country’s aviation capacity needs and today’s announcement is a strong signal of the company’s commitment and ambition to deliver on that.”

In summary: What the transformation will mean to Manchester Airport

A transformed Terminal 2 expanded by 140 per cent with a direct link to a revamped Terminal 3 – taking potential passenger capacity from around 25m to 50m.

New airside transfer facilities so passengers can walk directly from aircraft to terminal.

Links so connecting passengers don’t have to leave the buildings.

Improved and automated bag check-in and faster security.

A new US pre-clearance facility so passengers can get through immigration, customs and agricultural inspection before boarding their flight.

Around 50 food and drink outlets.

More stands and piers for aircraft.

Improved infrastructure around the airport with good links to the £800m Airport City.

……… and it continues  ………….




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