BRISTOL AIRPORT TO APPEAL AGAINST PLANNING REJECTION
On 10th February 2020 Councillors voted (against Officers’ advice) to reject the Airport’s application to expand to cater for an additional three million passengers a year, from around 9 million currently to 12 million by 2025. The vote was passed by 18 votes in favour of rejection, with 7 against and 3 abstentions. The ratification vote on 18th March was even more emphatic (18:2:3).
Don Davies, Leader of North Somerset Council said:
‘What the Committee has considered is that the detrimental effect of the expansion of the Airport on this area and the wider impact on the environment outweighs the narrower benefits to Airport expansion … I am sure that we can reconsider it in future when the airline industry has decarbonised and the public transport links to the airport are far stronger.’
The proposals would see more than 97,000 flights arriving and departing the airport a year, 23,800 flights mre than in 2017 and increased night flights during the summer
The plans submitted in December last year received more than 11,000 public comments including 8,473 objections to the plan.
DESPITE THE MASSIVE DOWNTURN IN BUSINESS
THE AIRPORT HAS STILL OPTED TO PURSUE A COSTLY APPEAL.
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BEFORE February 22nd 2021
quoting Appeal Reference N APP/D0121/W/20/3259234 [LINK]
BRISTOL AIRPORT IS BIG ENOUGH
Further expansion, still possible under existing permissions, will impact
on local communities through:
- increased air pollution that will further harm the health of regional communities
- increased greenhouse gas emissions that offset other carbon savings
- gridlock on congested approach roads
- noise pollution day and night affecting health and well-being
- Green Belt destruction and other environmental harm to natural habitats and landscape
- parking sprawl as on-site parking expands and the blight of illegal parking spreads through roads, fields and communities around the Airport
Only the Canadian owners, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, will profit from expansion. These profits will be taken at the expense of the health and well-being of the West region, its wildlife and natural environment and its economy.