Core Strategy - Consultation Draft

Document Section Core Strategy - Consultation Draft Chapter 2: Visions and Objectives VIS 1: North Somerset Vision [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 928225/CSCD/2
Respondent Deleted User [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 15 Feb 2010
Current Status Accepted
Comment
The last paragraph of VIS 1 indicates that the future planning of Bristol International Airport is to be guided by the need to balance the advantages of economic growth with control over key environmental issues. This approach is not consistent with National Policy or policy approaches to sustainable development. The National Policy approach to air transport as set out in the Future of Air Transport White Paper (ATWP) refers to sustainable development and the need for a balanced and measured approach. References to 'advantages of economic growth' and 'control over environmental issues' lack clarity and do not reflect the balance set out in National Policy which:
? recognises the importance of air travel to our national and regional economic prosperity, and that not providing additional capacity would significantly damage the economy and national prosperity;
? reflects people's desire to travel further and more often by air, and to take advantage of the affordability of air travel and the opportunities this brings;
? seeks to reduce and minimise the impacts of airports on those who live nearby, and on the natural environment;
? ensures that, over time, aviation pays the external costs its activities impose on society at large - in other words, that the price of air travel reflects its environmental and social impacts;
? minimises the need for airport development in new locations by making best use of existing airports where possible;
? respects the rights and interests of those affected by airport development;
? provides greater certainty for all concerned in the planning of future airport capacity, but at the same time is sufficiently flexible to recognise and adapt to the uncertainties inherent in long-term planning.
In the context of the Core Strategy the balance to be achieved is expressed in the first three bullet points and relates to the importance of air travel to regional economic prosperity, the social benefits of air travel and the need to control the impacts of airports on those who live nearby and on the natural environment. The balance to be achieved with future planning of Royal Portbury Dock may be different and these two facilities should not be grouped together.
Proposed amendment: delete 'Bristol International Airport' from the last paragraph and insert new text:
The future planning of Bristol International Airport will be guided by the need to achieve a balanced approach which recognises the importance of air travel, and the need to control the impacts of the airport on those who live nearby and on the natural environment.
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