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Bournemouth airport’s £32m expansion approved

22.6.2007  

Earlier plans to build a new terminal were dropped in favour of improving the
existing site, with the removal of decades-old temporary buildings.   Christchurch
Borough Council has backed plans that will include the current terminal building
being re-modelled and extended and a new international arrivals building constructed,
in an investment worth around £32 million.   Councillor Eric Spreadbury said: “The
expansion of the airport offers exciting opportunities to the local community.
The application is accompanied by an environmental statement and detailed transport
plan which allows for significant improvements to the road infrastructure surrounding
the airport.   Some £685,000 worth of highway improvements and around £1 million
for signalisation at the airport entrance will enhance journeys for people going
to and from the airport and surrounding areas. In addition, there will be £100,000
spent on an improved bus service to the airport with a minimum of 12 services
per day.”   Extensions to the eastern car park and a new southern car park were
also approved along with other works, including an increase in aircraft parking
stand 4 to 6 to accommodate jets the size of a Boeing 737.   (BBC   22.6.2007)

Bournemouth airport’s £32m expansion approved

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6229350.stm           BBC
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Christchurch  County Council:  
http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=368564
23/06/07: Bournemouth Airport expansion planning application takes off

Christchurch Council’s Planning Control Committee has given its approval to the
planning application submitted by Bournemouth Airport for refurbishment and expansion
to address its needs until the year 2015.

The Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposals which will see the current
terminal building re-modelled and extended and a new international arrivals building
constructed.

Extensions to the eastern car park and a new southern car park were also approved
along with other works, including an increase in aircraft parking stands from
four to six to accommodate aircraft the size of a Boeing 737.

A government White Paper entitled ‘The Future of Air Transport’, published in
2003, acknowledged the importance of the sustainable growth of aviation for economic
prosperity and supported the growth of Bournemouth Airport. However, the need
to ensure the environmental impacts of the development were adequately mitigated
was carefully considered.

It is envisaged that the number of passengers using the airport will grow from
around one million a year to three million by 2015. The Airport’s expansion will
have a significant effect on reducing passenger travel from Dorset, Hampshire
and Wiltshire to London airports, saving an estimated 43 million vehicle miles
per year.

Cllr Eric Spreadbury, vice-chairman of the Planning Control Committee, commented:
“The expansion of the Airport offers exciting opportunities to the local community.
The application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement and detailed transport
plan which allows for significant improvements to the road infrastructure surrounding
the Airport. Some £685,000 worth of highway improvements and around £1 million
for signalisation at the Airport entrance will enhance journeys for people going
to and from the Airport and surrounding areas.

“In addition, there will be £100,000 spent on an improved bus service to the
airport with a minimum of twelve services per day.

“Importantly, the planning application now gives us the legal right, for the
first time, to control night time flights and engine testing, which will improve
the lives of people living nearby.

The economic impact of the expansion will also be significant, not only in new
employment prospects at the Airport itself, but also through greater investment
and spending within Dorset as a result of more visitors to the region.”