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Plans put forward for airport expansion

Plans put forward for airport expansion

Published at 7:54am 15th July 2015. (Updated at 12:10pm 15th July 2015)

New jobs are at the heart of discussions over airport expansion in Yorkshire.

Councillors in Leeds are considering a plan to realise what they're calling the "economic potential" of Leeds Bradford Airport.

The plan proposes offering 36.2 hectares of land in and around the airport site to encourage local businesses to expand, whilst also attracting new investment in order to boost the local economy.

Proposed improvements at the airport itself include a larger passenger terminal and the creation of a commercial hub made up of an air innovation park, airport village and an air freight park for improved cargo handling.

The air innovation park would focus on attracting research and development companies with links to higher education, whilst the airport village would include hotel, restaurant and retail developments.

These proposals follow a consultation carried out by the council alongside the airport and key stakeholders, including more than 200 local employers.

Transport and connectivity improvements also form part of the plans, with a new link road being progressed through the West Yorkshire Transport Fund and a potential rail link also being considered in the longer term.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: "Releasing this land in and around the airport is vital to meet the local employment needs of the area in terms of helping established businesses grow and to encourage new jobs and skills opportunities.

"Together with the planned improvements to the airport infrastructure and the transport links, these plans show the ambition of the city to work with the airport and the local communities to bring about the maximum benefits in an ambitious but sustainable way."