Farmer taking Stobart Airport fight to appeal court

Michael Hunt

Carlisle farmer Gordon Brown is taking his fight against Stobart's airport plans to the court of appeal.

Last week, Brown's appeal for a judicial review into the city council's decision to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the local airport was thrown out by the High Court.

Brown, who is from Irthington and owns Lane End Farm opposite the Crosby-on-Eden airfield, had another appeal thrown out by a judge sitting in Newcastle in July this year.

However, Newcastle-based law firm Dickinson Dees, representing Brown, believes both judges made the wrong decision and anticipates a decision on whether an appeal could go ahead would take place relatively quickly, depending on when judges are available.

Stobart plans a new head office and distribution centre plus alongside a new terminal.

Plans for the £25m scheme were approved in December. Brown says the plans should have been referred to the Government Office for the North West as a departure from planning policy.

No one was immediately available for comment at Stobart when contacted by Place.

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