‘Seriously flawed’ plans to expand Bristol Airport slated

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 November 2019

What the airport may one day look like. Picture: Bristol Airport

What the airport may one day look like. Picture: Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport

Plans to increase the size of Bristol Airport are ‘seriously flawed’, according to parish councillors who live close to it.

During the meeting, in Barrow Gurney, concerns of air traffic noise were raised along with observations of excessive traffic through the village.

There is a planning application, yet to be decided by North Somerset Council, to increase the passenger throughput of the airport from 10 million passengers a year to 12 million, which the parish council fears would lead to further noise intrusion.

The application includes a new canopy at the front of the building, an additional multi-storey car park and changes to the on-site road layout.

Barrow Gurney Parish Council and the Parish Councils Airport Association (PCAA) have both submitted strong objections to North Somerset Council regarding the current application.

Cllr Nick Tyrell said: "In Barrow Gurney, as in many other villages in the vicinity of the airport, there is widespread concern about the inevitable impact of airport expansion on their quality of life.

"We want to ensure that we do not have to suffer an unacceptable volume of traffic coming through the village and we do not want to experience more noise pollution.

"In our view, the current planning application is seriously flawed.

"It relies upon a significant further increase in the volume of car parking at the airport - which involves development in the greenbelt.

"This will place huge pressures on the network of rural roads in the surrounding area which already struggle to cope with the volume of through traffic generated.

"There are also major environmental issues associated with expansion, most notably the inevitable rise in CO2 levels generated by more aircraft and cars.

"This conflicts with North Somerset Council's declaration of a climate emergency and its adoption of a low carbon reduction target to reduce emissions by 50 per cent by 2035.

"It is time to recognise that the communities around the airport need to be protected from the numerous environmental effects of airport expansion."

The planning application, submitted in December 2018, has received more than 3,700 objections and 1,800 letters of support.

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