Objections to airport plans

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A PARCEL company’s plans to build a new depot on land which borders the former Sheffield City Airport runway are being opposed by campaigners who want to see the terminal reopened.

Sheffield City Airport Movement members Mike Moss, from Norwood, and Stewart Dalton, of Westfield, have both submitted their objections to Sheffield Council planners.

They are objecting to applications by TNT (UK) Limited for the land, south of Carcraft car supermarket and adjacent to the runway, off Europa Link road.

TNT wants to renew outline planning permission, granted in January 2005, and is asking for detailed planning consent for “access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of distribution unit and ancillary structures”.

Its outline planning permission was valid for five years.

Mr Moss said: “Why is the airport land needed when 22.6 acres of other land is still unused and deserted?

“Sheffield needs its own city airport for its economic growth. Now is the time to overturn a mistaken decision and refuse this and any other applications on the airport site.”

Mr Dalton said determination of the detailed application should be delayed until a decision is made about the future of the outline application.

He said: “The outline application has now expired.

“A new application to extend the original has yet to be determined and this latest application has received new, valid objections. Shouldn’t the outline application be determined before approval of reserved matters is examined?”