The Bristol Airport Limited (Land at A38 and Downside Road) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020
1. THE BRISTOL AIRPORT LIMITED (LAND AT A38 AND DOWNSIDE ROAD) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2020
1.1 On 15 September 2020, Bristol Airport Limited (BAL) made the Bristol Airport Limited (Land at A38 and Downside Road) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020 (the Order). The Order is required to support BAL's planned increase in the permitted passenger cap at the Bristol Airport from 10 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 12 mppa, which is the subject of an appeal against the refusal of planning application (reference 18/P/5118/OUT). The planning application includes a number of new infrastructure components offsite to support the proposed increase in passenger numbers and to ensure safe and efficient passenger movements to and around the airport site. Highway works to the A38 and Downside Road are required to accommodate additional traffic generated by the additional 2 mppa. BAL needs to secure the acquisition of the land subject to the Order to be able to deliver the Highway Works.
1.2 The Highway Works, the Bristol Airport expansion proposals and the justification for the Order are described in more detail in the Statement of Reasons linked below.
2. WHAT IS A COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER?
2.1 A compulsory purchase order is a process available to entities such as BAL to allow them to buy land compulsorily. BAL is the relevant airport operator for Bristol Airport, and on being authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport to do so, has the power under section 59 of the Airports Act 1986 to acquire land compulsorily for any purpose connected with the performance of its functions as an airport operator.
2.2 The compulsory purchase of land requires the approval of the Secretary of State and BAL will shortly be submitting the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation.
2.3 Those parties from whom interests are acquired are entitled to compensation.
3. NEXT STEPS
3.1 Now that the Order has been made, BAL is complying with its notification and publicity obligations. Any objections to the Order must be made in writing to the Secretary of State for Transport, Aviation Policy & Reform, Zone 1/25, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR before 16 October 2020 and should state the title of the Order, the grounds of objection and the objector's address and interests in the land.
3.2 Once the objection period has closed, the Secretary of State will consider BAL's case in support of the Order and any objections which have been made. If objections are received an Inspector will be appointed to consider the Order, and they may choose to hold a public inquiry. Should an inquiry be held, BAL will request that it is co-joined with the appeal relating to the planning application.
3.3 Further information about the compulsory purchase procedure can be found here: Compulsory purchase process and the Crichel Down Rules, Coronavirus (COVID-19): compulsory purchase guidance and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation- Compulsory Purchase Procedure.
4. FURTHER CONTACTS FOR INFORMATION
4.1 A copy of the Order, the map and the Statement of Reasons is available here:
4.1.1 The Order
4.1.2 The map
4.1.3 The Statement of Reasons
4.2 If you would like a hard copy of the CPO schedule and map to be sent to you, you are asked to contact Liz Higgins at [email protected] or on 01275 473499.