The government has refused to be drawn into an argument between Manchester Airport and a group of campaigners.

A large number of people urged the authorities to intervene when planning permission was granted for a £100 million World Logistics Hub, which is earmarked for land near Hale Barns.

Altrincham and Sale West MP Graham Brady was one person who requested a public inquiry, Messenger Newspapers reports, but this request has been turned down. Mr Brady told the news provider he was disappointed with the rebuff. ‘I will now work with residents and the airport to try to ensure that the development is managed as sympathetically and responsibly as possible’.

The plans were approved in November and the new project will see 1.4 million sq ft of logistics space being created. Up to 1,800 jobs will be made over the next ten years and Manchester Airport chiefs are hopeful the site will attract fresh interest from international businesses.

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