Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN)

The rollercoaster campaign to stop Bristol Airport from expanding continues with a significant High Court hearing that challenges the very unpopular decision by the Planning Inspectorate made in February 2022 to support the Airport’s appeal. The hearing will be held on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November 2022 at the Bristol Civic Justice Centre, Redcliffe Street, BS1 6GR.

Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) is a coalition of groups and individuals working to oppose Bristol Airport’s expansion plans.

In 2018, Bristol Airport submitted plans to expand from 10 to 12 million passengers per year, with an extra 23,800 flights including 4,000 night flights.

Planning permission was refused by North Somerset Council in February 2020 – a decision ratified in March 2020. Later in the year, Bristol Airport announced that it would be appealing this decision and requested an inquiry, led by a planning inspector. BAAN became a Rule 6 party and was a significant contributor to the 10-week Inquiry which ended in October 2021

Supporters of our campaign were devastated to learn on 2nd February 2022 of the Inquiry decision to uphold the Airport’s appeal.

Members of BAAN out at the entrance to the airport. We feel the local residents, climate campaigners and local democracy have been betrayed by the Planning Inspectorate. Image credit: Mary Collett

As an interested party in the Inquiry BAAN explored the option to challenge the Planning Inspectorate’s decision and felt that certain procedural issues could be called into question. With the amazing support from the local community and councils, BAAN launched a successful bid to take the Inspectorate to court. This court action is now scheduled for Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th November 2022 and will be held at the Bristol Civic Justice Court on Redcliffe Street.

To access the latest information on the High Court Action and how you can help, please click here.

We are continuing the fight to stop:

✈️ 23,800 flights and two million passengers a year

✈️ 10,000 car movements a day

✈️ one million tonnes of carbon emitted a year

Our position is that this airport expansion (and others that are planned across the UK) is not legally compliant with the Climate Change Act, The Paris Agreement and the Government’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 and MUST BE STOPPED.

The fight continues.

Join us and let’s Say No To Airport Expansion together!

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