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Bristol Airport Expansion

Posted on 11th January, 2019




UPDATE See the current number of flights over your area, e.g. 17 Apr 20 during COVID-19 restrictions.


UPDATE 24 MAY 2019 Bristol Airport Expansion Update


UPDATE 14 JAN 2018: BPC "AGREED to submit a neutral response, with the comments noted."  Jan 19 (Min 318.7)



A large-scale application "operating within a rolling annualised cap of 4,000 night flights between the hours of 23:30 and 06:00 with no seasonal restrictions;"  How will this affect Bleadon if it is on any known or proposed flight paths, either for general flights or maintenance flights said to be in Wales?


"Outline planning application (with reserved matters details for some elements included and some elements reserved for subsequent approval) for the development of Bristol Airport to enable a throughput of 12 million terminal passengers in any 12 month calendar period, comprising: 2no. extensions to the terminal building and canopies over the forecourt of the main terminal building; erection of new east walkway and pier with vertical circulation cores and pre-board zones; 5m high acoustic timber fence; construction of a new service yard directly north of the western walkway; erection of a multi-storey car park north west of the terminal building with five levels providing approximately 2,150 spaces and wind turbines atop; enhancement to the internal road system including gyratory road with internal surface car parking and layout changes; enhancements to airside infrastructure including construction of new eastern taxiway link and taxiway widening (and fillets) to the southern edge of Taxiway GOLF; the year-round use of the existing Silver Zone car park extension (Phase 1) with associated permanent (fixed) lighting and CCTV; extension to the Silver Zone car park to provide approximately 2,700 spaces (Phase 2); improvements to the A38; operating within a rolling annualised cap of 4,000 night flights between the hours of 23:30 and 06:00 with no seasonal restrictions; revision to the operation of Stands 38 and 39; and landscaping and associated works."


Comments deadline is Sat 26 Jan 2019 . Here is the link to the application 18/P/5118/OUT on North Somerset Council Planning website.


If you prefer to post your comments then the postal address is:  

North Somerset Council

Development Management

Post Point 15

Town Hall


BS23 1UJ 

If you do make comments on this BOB blog (below), please also make sure that they are made to, and appear on, the North Somerset website link as above. As otherwise they will be ignored by NSC.




Unfortunately, BPC do not appear to have submitted comments for the Local Plan Consultation Section 7 after their 10 Dec 2018 (Min 317.12) meeting, or the two previous Airport Consultations for Stage 1 (Jan 2018) or Stage 2 (July 2018).


See NSC Local Plan 2036 Consultation Section 7 - Bristol Airport"The Airport wants to double permitted air traffic to 20 mppa by the 2040s. In the short-term it seeks a relaxation of existing limits to allow for growth to 12 mppa. Its longer-term ambitions for growth will be set out in a new Airport Master Plan. Through the JSP, North Somerset Council recognises the existence of additional growth opportunities at the Airport but many detailed local issues remain to be resolved." 




Unfortunately, BPC do not appear to have submitted comments for the Local Plan Consultation Section 7, or the two previous Airport Consultations for Stage 1 (Jan 2018) or Stage 2 (July 2018). Also BPC made no reference to their views on this issue in their 10 Dec 2018 (Min 317.12) Local Plan 2036 response to NSC. BPC's expansion response to NSC Jan 19 (Min 318.7):

  • "18/P/5118/OUT – Bristol Airport – expansion. Cllr Hemingway attended a presentation about the expansion and Cllr Baines had reviewed a considerable number of the 270+ documents on the website. This phase is to add 2 million passengers per year to the current permitted 10 million per year. NSC is working with the airport to develop the operational plan to 2036. Current plan is to relocate the DHL unit and staff buildings; and to add two storeys to the existing multi-storey carpark. The current restriction on flights between midnight and 6am will remain. The airport is ensuring that small and local business / contractors are able to win contracts for the various project elements.
  • Concerns raised by Councillors were that traffic would increase on the A38 and there would be ‘rat-running’ through the village; air pollution may increase due to the traffic and also due to more flights going over the village. Positives raised were that Bleadon residents use the airport and/or are employed there; and an increase in employment opportunities is welcomed. It was AGREED to submit a neutral response, with the comments noted."


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When will Bristol Airport ever stop expanding? This is pure commercial greed that will greatly affect the lives and environment of all who live near airport infrastructure and/or under the flight paths. Current noise level of flights is already intrusive to everyday life in Bleadon especially at night and this expansion will only make it worse. In addition to the devastating loss of rural green fields for new housing in North Somerset, the additional traffic generated by this expansion will also further increase air, light and noise pollution.

If the world is serious about reducing carbon footprint and global warming and protecting our fragile environment then changing human lifestyle has to happen.
Stop the continued loss of agricultural land and consequential effect on UK food security by reducing reliance on UK imports, there maybe less need for flights post brexit and perhaps even more desire for holidaying in the UK, so the economic loss to Bristol Airport will be to the gain of other UK tourism and farming industry and protection of our local environment that we so value.