Current actions include:
– lobbying North Somerset Councillors and MPs
(scroll down to ‘Ongoing Action’ )
– lobbying the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and the Australian co-owners of the Airport
– developing the social media campaign to inform public opinion
– supporting village-based community networks in local actions
– press and media interventions e.g. monitoring and responding to statements by politicians and the Airport; encouraging letters and original articles
– direct actions based on events designed to keep opposition to Airport expansion in the public eye
Please contact us on email@example.com with any queries
Action: 8th March
Following his very inadequate response to a question about Bristol Airport on Radio Bristol yesterday confused interview, please contact Cllr Nigel Ashton asking him to get to grips with the strength of the case against Bristol Airport expansion. See our response to the interview
Action: 4th March
Write to your MP to ‘call in’ the Airport planning application
Following our response to John Penrose (MP for Weston-super-Mare) request that the Airport planning application should be ‘called in’, here’s some further information:
What is ‘Calling In’?
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has the power to take over (‘call in’) planning applications rather than letting the local authority decide. The secretary of state will normally only do this if the application conflicts with national policy in important ways, or is nationally significant. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/planning-applications-called-in-decisions-and-recovered-appeals
The ‘Caborn Principles’ govern where planning applications may conflict with national policies on important matters, could have significant effects beyond their immediate locality and / or give rise to substantial cross-boundary or national controversy.
In this context, Bristol Airport expansion will significantly increase traffic and ground-based emissions that will have impacts well beyond the locality and directly contradict local and national policies to reduce emissions. This is part of a national controversy.
The proposed airport expansion will take a further 5.1 hectares of Green Belt land which should only be released in ‘very special circumstances’. New alternatives have recently come forward which will save the Green Belt, ease the increase in traffic and help reduce emissions. Widespread erosion of the Green belt is a national controversy and relates to almost every area of the country.
The following documents comprise the policy that is taken into consideration when a decision is made on whether to call in an application:
Written Answers 16 June 1999
Written Ministerial Statement 26 October 2012
Please comment NOW on the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport so that views are formally registered with the local planning authority, North Somerset Council (NSC). If the Council planning website [use this link] no longer accepts comment, objections by email or snailmail will be accepted until a few days before the Council meeting to consider of the planning application on 10th APRIL (tbc)
What to write
Explain your concerns about airport expansion based on your existing current experience of, for example, daytime noise and/or night flights; traffic congestion and rat runs; air quality; illegal/inconsiderate car parking; loss of quality of life and community character… and anything else from personal experience.
Please ask each member of your household to send their own entry or letter. Numbers DO count.
Copy in your local Councillor
Your councillor’s email address can be found on your local council website. Email addresses for North Somerset councillors can be found at http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/…/find-y…/list-of-councillors/…
Copy in your local MP
Go to https://www.theyworkforyou.com to find your MP’s email address.
North Somerset Council contacts
Write to: Planning Department, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston super Mare BS23 1UJ
Make sure you include the reference number for the Airport planning application: 18/P/5118/OUT