LBIA got planning permission for the new building at the front of the airport terminal in December 2009, but that permission runs out next month. So they’ve asked Leeds City Council for a three-year extension to get the work done.
The first stage of the airport’s improvement plans – a new layout and refurb of the existing buildings plus an airside passenger walkway – was finished in summer this year. The airport says it wants to see how those changes bed down, particularly during the height of the summer season next year, before starting on phase two.
“At that stage, LBIA, as with any commercial project, will take account of the wider economic position and forecasts and its own position and route development objectives, before deciding when to proceed with the next round of investment, which will see the forward extension of the terminal building,” says a council report, quoting a letter received from LBIA.
“The letter finishes by stating that LBIA is committed to bringing forward the extension of the terminal building as soon as possible,” the report adds.
“No clear idea when or if work will be done”
The new building will house an improved main entrance and arrivals concourse, check-in, information desk and enlarged security search facilities on the ground floor, with a new departure lounge and retail on the upper level.
According to the report, local councilor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon Ward) said the letter from the airport “leads him to the conclusion they (the airport’s owners) have no clear idea when or if they will do the work and questions whether extensions of time are open ended and should be given if there is not some certainty that the development will go ahead”.
Council panning officers are recommending that that the time extension be granted by councillors when they discuss it at a meeting of the council’s city plans panel on Thursday 23rd November.
The time extension can only be granted once, the report says.