Planning for the future
We need to plan ahead to ensure we can continue to meet demand for air travel to and from the region we serve.
A conversation about the airport’s future began in late 2017 when the public and stakeholders were invited to help shape a new Master Plan looking out towards 2050. Following further consultation in spring 2018 work has continued on a Draft Master Plan. The publication of the Master Plan has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An updated programme will be provided on the website soon.
The first practical first step towards long-term sustainable growth was set out in the planning application submitted to North Somerset Council in December 2018. This sought approval for development to handle up to 12 million passengers a year by the mid-2020s. The planning application included plans to expand capacity from the current limit of 10 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 12mppa. Necessary terminal expansion will come alongside further improved public transport options, road infrastructure and enhanced environmental projects. The plans to expand capacity at the airport will offer passengers more routes and flights from the South West directly, create jobs, facilitate inward investment and support sustainable, regional economic growth.
North Somerset Council refused the planning application at its Planning and Regulatory Committee in March 2020. This decision was taken against the advice of its own planning officers. Bristol Airport submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate on the 10 September 2020 and a public inquiry is due to commence on the 20 July 2021. We have also submitted an application for a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) to the Department for Transport and this will be discussed at the same public inquiry.