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NSC Proposed Action on Parking at Bristol Airport

Posted on 21st October, 2016

Article 4 direction - Airport Parking


Temporary car parking sites for Bristol airport customers have become particularly problematic in the Green Belt since 2002. Despite the council issuing numerous enforcement notices, stop notices and pursuing successful prosecutions over a number of years the issue still persists. This has a significant effect on the living conditions of local residents and the wellbeing of the area. Although the council is constantly monitoring the problem, the off-site airport parking operators continue to exploit permitted development rights by operating in excess of the 28 days permitted under the General Permitted Development Order. The length of time the council has been trying to tackle this problem, along with the number of complaints logged, indicates the difficulty in keeping control over the number of unauthorised car parking sites currently operating and these numbers are not diminishing.


The council are proposing to make an Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights granted by Schedule 2, Part 4, Class B of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development ) Order 2015. If the Article 4 Direction is confirmed it will remove automatic ‘permitted development’ rights for the storage, parking, cleaning, maintenance or repair of any motor vehicle of any description, provided such a use is not in association with the existing lawful use of the land. The Direction would also remove automatic ‘permitted development’ rights to provide moveable structures for the purposes of the controlled use. 


A notice of the Direction has been advertised in the Western Daily Press from 20 October 2016 and will continue to be advertised each week until 22 December 2016. Site notices were posted across the whole of the affected area on 20 October 2016. A copy of the Direction, notice and map has been served on the Secretary of State on 20 October 2016 and representations are being sought during the period of 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016. When deciding whether to confirm a direction made under Article 4(1) the local planning authority will take into account any representations received during the period 1 November 2016 to 30 November 2016. 


I also attach a copy of a site notice, the Article 4 Direction and associated plan to this email. Please could you display the site notice in an appropriate place from 24 October 2016 (or before) until 22 December 2016. Any representations concerning the direction can be made online at http://consult-ldf.n-somerset.gov.uk/consult.ti, by post to North Somerset Council Post Point 15 Town Hall Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1UJ, or via email Planning.policy@n-somerset.gov.uk between 1 November 2016 and 30 November 2016.



Yours sincerely



Delivery and Enforcement Service Manager

Development & Environment

North Somerset Council


Tel:             01275 888811

Post:   Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ

Web:            www.n-somerset.gov.uk/planning/contactus




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Site Notice


Map of proposed Article 4 Area

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