Bristol Airport extends noise insulation scheme as part of expansion plans

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 February 2019

Bristol Airport wants to cater for 20 million passengers in future. Picture: BBC LDRS

Bristol Airport wants to cater for 20 million passengers in future. Picture: BBC LDRS

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About £1.8million will be available to households living near Bristol Airport to increase noise insulation in their homes as part of a scheme accompanying its expansion plans.

Homes within the contour zone are eligible for sound insulation under Britol Airport's schemeHomes within the contour zone are eligible for sound insulation under Britol Airport's scheme

The scheme requires people in the ‘outer’ qualifying noise contour zone to contribute 50 per cent of the costs of installation.

However, under the new proposals, grants will cover 100 per cent of costs up to £7,500 in the noisiest areas, and £3,750 in other parts, to encourage residents to take up the scheme.

The amount available to households will also increase by 50 per cent to a maximum of £7,500 per property.

Upgraded mechanical ventilation will also be included in the soundproofing offered so the full benefit of the acoustic double-glazing offered can be maintained.

Bristol Airport wants to cater for 20 million passengers in future. Picture: BBC LDRSBristol Airport wants to cater for 20 million passengers in future. Picture: BBC LDRS

James Shearman, head of sustainability at Bristol Airport, said: “These proposals represent our most comprehensive noise insulation grant scheme to date and will see us supporting local residents with increased funding for a wider range of noise insulation improvements.

“This scheme goes beyond Government policy recommendations and will be amongst the most comprehensive and wide-ranging offered by a UK airport, demonstrating our commitment to reducing and mitigating the impacts of development on our neighbours.”

The airport submitted plans to North Somerset Council in December to expand facilities so it can cater to 12 million passengers a year.

These proposals include retaining many of the current limits on night flying – although the stated 4,000 movements would be retained – the airport is seeking changes to the number of flights currently allocated to the summer and winter seasons.

Thus far the proposals have received more than 2,300 comments, including 1,922 objections from individuals, parish councils and environmentalist groups on subjects ranging from increased noise levels, concerns about night flights and pollution.

However, a YouGov poll found 73 per cent of people back the plans. Reasons for supporting the scheme included reducing the need to travel to London airports and increasing destination routes.

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