Dismay that Bristol Airport will appeal against…

Dismay that Bristol Airport will appeal against Council refusal of its plans to expand for more passengers
2020-08-08 11:29:00
Members of XR Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) are very disappointed that Bristol Airport is seeking to appeal against the decision ratified in March which rejected their application to increase passenger numbers per annum to 12 million by 2026. The decision made by the North Somerset Council’s Planning and Strategic Committee amplified the views of the local community who clearly did not want this expansion.  Some 8,931 written objections were submitted to the Council’s planning website as opposed to 2,431 statements supporting the development. The Planning Committee rejected the original plan for expansion on the grounds that key environmental issues had not been properly resolved while insisting the economic benefits would not outweigh the environmental harm.  Tarisha-Finnegan-Clarke, Coordinator of XR BAAN:  “At a time when the Coronavirus has forced airports to drastically reduce the number of flights the aviation industry should be focusing on survival.  Instead, the unfailing arrogance of Bristol Airport’s management sees them pursuing their fantasy aspiration to expand passenger numbers.  An appeal at this time is simply unappealing to so many people.” .Tweet   BRISTOL AIRPORT’S ASPIRATIONS FOR EXPANSION ARE ‘UNAPPEALING’ Friday 7th August 2020 XR Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) press release Members of XR Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) are very disappointed that Bristol Airport is seeking to appeal against the decision ratified last March which rejected their application to increase passenger numbers per annum to 12 million by 2026.  The decision made by the North Somerset Council’s Planning and Strategic Committee amplified the views of the local community who clearly did not want this expansion.  Some 8,931 written objections were submitted to the Council’s planning website as opposed to 2,431 statements supporting the development. The Planning Committee rejected the original plan for expansion on the grounds that key environmental issues had not been properly resolved while insisting the economic benefits would not outweigh the environmental harm.  Campaigners claim that any expansion would still have detrimental effects on the local community with more noise from extra flights, an increase in traffic congestion on local roads and the loss of greenbelt land as well an unacceptable increase in greenhouse gas emissions which would worsen the climate crisis. Tarisha-Finnegan-Clarke, Coordinator of XR BAAN said, “At a time when the Coronavirus has forced airports to drastically reduce the number of flights the aviation industry should be focusing on survival.  Instead, the unfailing arrogance of Bristol Airport’s management sees them pursuing their fantasy aspiration to expand passenger numbers.  An appeal at this time is simply unappealing to so many people.” BAAN member, Richard Baxter, said, “Nothing has changed – the reasons for objecting to the Airport’s development remain the same.  What has changed since North Somerset Council’s rejection is the emergence of a worldwide health crisis which has seriously grounded much of Bristol Airport’s business.  The aviation industry around the world needs to fully recognise the part they played in spreading COVID-19 around the globe so rapidly. Going back to business, as usual, is no longer acceptable and it is so insensitive to be talking about airport expansion at this point in time.  People are certainly afraid to fly whilst there is no vaccine to help protect people against the virus.”  Mr Baxter added, “Surely, Bristol Airport’s plans for growth are redundant and are a complete waste of time and money.  North Somerset Council is already under great pressure to deal with the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus.  An appeal is going to be hugely detrimental in diverting money and Council resources from providing key services to the local community.” “The airport says the expansion is important for the economic regeneration of the region.  If anything it will be people booking a staycation and holidaying in the UK that will benefit the area instead of encouraging many people to fly abroad whilst the airport profits from car parking fees” Details of the venue and appeal dates will be announced in due course. ENDS For further information contact Tarisha Finnegan-Clarke on 0787 674 0864 or Richard Baxter 0n 07795 435576   Bristol Airport to appeal against planning refusal to expand for more passengers Campaigners against the plan face another battle By Jasper King (Bristol Live) 6th August 2020 Bristol Airport is launching a bid to overturn a refusal by North Somerset Council of its plans to expand. Councillors rejected the airport’s planning application to increase its current capacity from 10million to 12million passengers per year in February. They said the environmental and societal impacts outweighed the economic benefits of the expansion. However, this lunchtime, airport chief executive Dave Lees said there will be an appeal against the decision, which was made by councillors against advice from their own planning officers. If the airport win

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