Plans to send up to 1,500 asylum seekers to migrant camp in Linton-on-Ouse on hold amid legal challenge

GB News understands a legal challenge has been launched by the local authority in the area

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GB News has been told that plans to send hundreds of asylum seekers to a former RAF base in North Yorkshire is being delayed amid a legal challenge.

The first of up to 1,500 asylum seekers were due to arrive at RAF Linton-on-Ouse this week.

But GB News understands a legal challenge by the local authority in the area and some logistical issues mean the plans have been paused temporarily.

A Home Office spokesman confirmed the department still wants to go ahead with the plans.

In a statement they said: “As we continue to work on the plan for the asylum reception centre at Linton-on-Ouse, which will be as self-sufficient as possible, we continue to listen to community feedback.

“We maintain the site is urgently needed to provide essential asylum accommodation and will assist as we end the use of asylum seekers using hotels which are costing the taxpayer almost £5million a day.

“Our New Plan for Immigration will fix the UK’s broken asylum system, allowing us to support those in genuine need while preventing abuse of the system and deterring illegal entry to the UK.”