Bristol Airport expansion decision to be taken to High Court…

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Bristol Airport expansion decision to be taken to High Court…

Bristol Airport expansion decision to be taken to High Court by local campaigners, BAAN
2022-03-18 12:48:00
On 2nd February the Planning Inspectorate allowed the appeal by Bristol airport against refusal by North Somerset Council, for the airport’s expansion plans – that would allow it to increase its capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per year. Now the campaign group, Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN), is taking the battle to the High Court. They have raised more than £20,000 to appeal the Planning Inspectorate’s decision. BAAN believes the expansion will be damaging for local people and the environment, citing a rise in road traffic, increased noise and air pollution and an “inevitable rise in carbon emissions”. The Planning Inspectorate said at the time it recognised the “major disappointment” campaigners would have, but the considered economic benefits would outweigh the harm to green belt land. But North Somerset Council will not pursue a legal challenge to the ruling, fearing they would lose and there would be an unacceptable cost to ratepayers.  A legal challenge through the High Court can only be successful if the inspectors can be shown to have erred in law, and currently the UK has “no policy which seeks to limit airport expansion” nationally, or on aviation carbon.  .Tweet Bristol Airport expansion decision to go to High Court 16.3.2022 BBC Campaigners opposed to the expansion of Bristol Airport are taking their battle to the High Court. Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) has raised more than £20,000 to appeal the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow the expansion. It would see the airport increase its capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per year. Airport bosses say it will provide a boost for the economy and create thousands of new jobs. Government planning inspectors granted permission on appeal in February after the plans were rejected by North Somerset Council in 2020 on environmental grounds. Planning inspectors overruled North Somerset Council’s rejection of the expansion plans following a three-month enquiry BAAN believes the expansion will be damaging for local people and the environment, citing a ris

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