Manchester Airport wants to concrete over former greenbelt land to build 43 large warehouse and office buildings plus over 1400 carparking spaces. The plans for a 'World Logistics Hub' would involve the eviction of residents, the destruction of valuable greenspace for local people, an increase in traffic congestion, carbon emissions and noise pollution from the Airport's cargo services.
The area to the south of the Airport is currently home to residential houses and greenfields and also borders onto Cotterill Clough - a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The Airport claim new jobs will be created. However, many of these jobs will not be 'new' but simply 'displaced' as existing firms re-locate from other areas of Greater Manchester to take advantage of the cheap business rates on offer .
Local residents at Ringway and Hale Barns are opposed to these plans. They have also objected to proposals to demolish people's homes at Hasty Lane nearby. Manchester City Council wants to do its bit for the local environment and to stop climate change; but its ownership and expansion plans of Manchester Airport contradict these aspirations. We urge the City's Councillors to reject this planning application.