Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Bristol Airport Q38. What are your thoughts on the four proposed options for a Bristol Airport policy in the new Local Plan 2036? Do you have a preferred option? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1045633//12
Respondent Cleeve Parish Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 16 Nov 2018

Cleeve residents are heavily affected by airport activities such as ground and air noise and car parking issues from passengers car parking on the roads in Cleeve. CPC considers that Bristol Airport is already a successful regional airport.  It offers a choice of over 110 destinations and anyone in the south west can reach any destination in the world by going through the European hubs such as Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. Any further expansion is going to damage the quality of well being for local residents and damage our own environment and take away enjoyment of the countryside.

Secondly and more importantly it is going to contribute even more carbon emissions to climate change. Air travel remains the most climate-damaging from of travel and expanding the airport will therefore have a significant impact on climate change. Climate change is an issue and should have been included in this section. The Joint Spatial Strategy contains an explicit commitment to making a 50% cut in emissions by 2036.

Thirdly, there will be an enormous increase in the number of journeys to and from the airport which will lead to significant issues around congestion, pollution and infrastructure. The Bristol South West Economic Link Study looking at infrastructure has not yet been published for comment.

Option 1: has been identified by CPC as our preferred choice as it would limit impacts of airport expansion on our residents.

Option 2: The airport is currently developing on the Green Belt on the south side by using permitted development applications. It is moving development which was expected under the planning consent of 2011 to be on the north side of the airport to the south such as the administration block. Through the use of permitted development and special circumstances we would again see Bristol Airport develop further on green belt. Green belt does not limit further expansion as we have seen through recent permitted development applications.

Options 3 and 4: Firstly, no one knows what the future will hold, thus land should not be secured for further development at the airport. Secondly, there is no certainty that infrastructure can be constructed such as the mass transit or light rail without harming the environment or be delivered on time. Thirdly, if autonomous cars become the norm there will be no need to release further land.

Further expansion of the airport will damage the well being of local residents