Bristol Airport awaits decision on expansion as inquiry draws to…

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Bristol Airport awaits decision on expansion as inquiry draws to…

Bristol Airport awaits decision on expansion as inquiry draws to a close
2021-10-12 14:15:00
The 36-day public inquiry into Bristol Airport’s proposal to expand from 10 to 12 mppa has ended, with a decision by the planning inspectors expected early next year. The inquiry is into the appeal by the airport of the rejection in February 2020, by North Somerset Council, of the growth plans; councillors refused the planning permission by 18 votes to seven.  The authority’s barrister, Reuben Taylor, said allowing millions more passengers a year to fly from Bristol airport would affect thousands more local people with significant impacts, as well as a negative effect on climate change and the green belt.  Mr Taylor said the scheme was unacceptable and unlawful and urged the inspectors to make it clear to airport operators that they do not have a licence to expand. He said the airport “is a company that puts the pursuit of profit before the wellbeing of the people its operations affect.”  As well as being refused by North Somerset Council, the expansion has been opposed by Bristol City Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, the West of England Combined Authority and numerous parish councils. There will be a decision letter eventually, after which there is no further right of appeal – other than a judicial review into the process. .Tweet   Bristol Airport awaits decision on expansion as inquiry draws to a close By  Stephen Sumner  (North Somerset Times) October 12, 2021 The public inquiry into Bristol Airport’s expansion proposal has drawn to a close, with a decision expected early next year. The inquiry began in July as the airport is hoping to overturn North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse its expansion plans. Bristol Airport branded the council “hostile” to the firm and its expansion bid after claims it put profit before residents’ wellbeing. The authority’s barrister, Reuben Taylor, said allowing millions more passengers a year to pass through the transport hub would affect thousands more local people with significant impacts on climate change and the green belt. In closing submissions to a 36-day public inquiry he said the scheme was unacceptable and unlawful and urged the planning inspectors to send a message to airport operators that they do not have a licence to expand. Representing Bristol Airport Ltd (BAL), Michael Humphries refuted the council’s “unfair” allegations and said the expansion – raising the cap from 10million to 12million annual passengers – was driven by demand for flights and would bring jobs and cash to the region. The firm lodged an appeal after North Somerset councillors refused planning permission for the expansion by 18 votes to seven last year. Attacking BAL as “self-important” and “close-minded”, Mr Taylor told the final day of the inquiry on October 8: “For all the warm words it puts into print, this inquiry has revealed that BAL is a company that puts the pursuit of profit before the wellbeing of the people its operations affect. “We are in a new world now, a world where a 1990s type approach to airport expansion no longer has weight; a world where responsible growth is required by government as a condition of expansion.” He added: “It is time to send a message to airport operators like BAL who consider themselves to have a licence to grow. They do not. “The small economic benefit which the proposed development would deliver just £10million a year doesn’t come close to justify the sleepless nights for thousands living around the airport or the harm to health and quality of life that would

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