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 planning application was submitted to North Somerset Council in December 2018. This application included plans to expand capacity from the current limit of 10 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 12mppa. Necessary terminal expansion would come alongside further improved public transport options, road infrastructure, and enhanced environmental projects. Expanding capacity is projected to add 800 jobs at Bristol Airport and up to a further 5,000 jobs regionally, with a focus on the region’s most deprived areas. It will also bring an estimated £430 million to the economy of the South West of England and South Wales at a time when this could not be more crucial.
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 in September 2020 and a public inquiry ran from July to October 2021, which also dealt with a separate Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). A decision from the Planning Inspectorate is awaited. In February 2022, the Planning Inspectorate announced its decision to allow Bristol Airport’s appeal to expand our capacity – their report can be read in full here.