Communities minister Michael Gove recently announced public inquiry into scheme

Plans for a new £150m terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) have been scrapped after delays and the announcement of a public inquiry into the decision.

Proposals to replace the existing terminal buildings at the airport were approved by Leeds City Council last February but after objections concerning the scheme’s contribution to climate change, the decision was referred to central government.

Then-communities secretary Robert Jenrick indefinitely postponed a decision on whether to call in the plans and in January his replacement Michael Gove announced the decision would be reviewed.

Leeds Bradford proposal

Plans for a replacement terminal building were drawn up in 2020

The planning application for the terminal has now been withdrawn, with airport bosses refusing to commit “a further uncapped sum over an indefinite timeframe” for this scrutiny process.

The scheme’s project team included Todd Architects, project manager Mott MacDonald, masterplanner ADP and heritage consultant Turley.

Instead, the airport will focus on developing an extension to the existing terminal, which was approved by the council in 2019.

According to airport bosses, plans for the new replacement terminal – which would have seen the existing buildings demolished – were about meeting demand.

LBA chief executive Vincent Hodder said the decision to withdraw the application was “a setback” for the airport and the region but said it was committed to making LBA an “outstanding, decarbonised, modern airport for the future”.