Leeds Bradford Airport Consultation
The consultation closed on the 12th April. CPRE West Yorkshire submitted our view as part of this consultation process.
The options presented included building through the Green Belt. We have concerns about aspects of the proposals that have not formed part of the consultation process. Airport Link Roads are often used as development corridors. In the case of these proposals, this would lay the path for development of large areas of Green Belt – something CPRE considers to be both unacceptable in principle and unnecessary in terms of regeneration needs for the area. Aviation growth itself is unsustainable, but where planned, the priority must surely be for better public transport options. In inappropriate location of LBA makes growth unsustainable.
CPRE West Yorkshire objected to the option proposals on grounds that there is no Regional justification or context for the scheme proposals. The Strategic Transport Plan 2019 complied by Transport For the North does not integrate the issue of air travel into the road and rail needs for the area. The proposed road improvements do not provide improved connectivity for the wider Yorkshire Region, and are Leeds-Centric in focus.
Option A may have a marginal impact on traffic reduction in the Yeadon area but has the greatest negative impact on green belt and green field countryside, creating we believe a new urban boundary which extends into the Green Belt north towards the Wharfe Valley. The proposed rail station does not connect up with the airport directly and is therefore not an effective solution. In our view, much further work must be done to establish a cost effective public transport mechanism from all parts of the Leeds City Region and beyond if LBA is to become a viable travel option.