Dr Brown continues “This planning application if approved will increase passenger numbers from 4,000,000 per year to 7,100,000 by 2030. This increase would nearly double greenhouse gas emissions and is unacceptable for Leeds and all local areas trying to act responsibly to reduce emissions within the Climate Emergency Declarations many councils have made.
Six months ago the Court of Appeal ruled expansion at Heathrow airport was unlawful as it did not consider the Paris Agreement. This expansion too would fly in the face of the requirement to achieve sustainable development as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework. It also goes against the recent advice of the UK Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report to parliament on reducing UK emissions. The CCC call for a resilient recovery from Covid-19 that does not ‘lock-in’ greenhouse gas emissions or increase climate risk and calls for the government to use climate investment to support the economic recovery and jobs. The promotion, protection and resilience of our local environment, economy and health arguably need to be served through well placed investment that is less susceptible to the current and future disruptions and shocks the airline industry and our climate will face.
Inadequate attention by Leeds City Council to the potential significant effects on our South Pennine Moors area and further afield, regarding noise and air pollution, has also caused Natural England to advise against granting planning permission at this stage. I urge people to take this last chance to object to these plans and stand up for the resilient Covid-19 recovery our area needs.”
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