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Bristol Airport has submitted its appeal against North Somerset Council’s decision to refuse its planning application to increase capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per year.

The decision to refuse the planning application was contrary to the recommendation of the Council’s own planning officers. The decision on the application will now move to a national level and will be made by an independent planning inspector or, if the appeal is recovered, by the Government. 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 inbound tourism, and support greener and more sustainable, regional economic growth.

Bristol Airport have submitted an Environmental Statement (ES) Addendum to North Somerset Council. This provides an update in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and will inform the current planning appeal which has been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate. The ES Addendum along with other documents (Economic Impact Assessment Addendum, Forecast Report and Parking Demand Study) are available to view and download on North Somerset Council’s website.

The documents can be found through visiting Search for a planning application | North Somerset Council (, clicking on Search for a Planning Application, entering the reference 20/P/2896/APPCON and then clicking on the Documents tab. The deadline for providing comments is the 6 January 2020.

Further information on the consultation can be found at Addendum to Environmental Statement | North Somerset Council (