We are a group of volunteers (Bristol Airport Action Network, BAAN) who came together in 2019 to challenge the expansion of Bristol Airport. In our ranks are mothers, fathers, grandparents, concerned citizens, academics, teachers, media professionals, psychotherapists, lawyers, ethical business owners, doctors, nurses, care workers, shop workers, scientists and environmentalists from all over the southwest region.
The North Somerset planning committee hearing was in February 2020 and we helped to mobilise residents. 84% of North Somerset residents who made comments rejected the expansion and over 8,000 formal objections were submitted on the planning website The result was that the local councillors overwhelmingly rejected the plans at a public committee hearing. However, the airport refuse to accept this democratic decision and have now publicly announced that they intend to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, the national planning body.
The coordinating committee of BAAN is now planning to challenge the airport’s appeal by applying to become part of the planning enquiry as a Rule 6 party. This means that we will be able to give our own evidence on the impact of aviation (and test the airports evidence at the planning enquiry).