Nearby is a 300 year old natural pond hosting a colony of great crested newts.
It is surrounded by dozens of mature trees and beautifully preserved and balanced ecology. It is an environmental and historical oasis in the midst of heavy modern industry.
The Airport plan to demolish the buildings, fell the trees and concrete over the pond to build two giant air freight cargo units.
English Heritage, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, the Council for British Archaeology, local councillors and residents all oppose the plans.