Your chance to stop the expansion of Bristol International Airport

The local community coalition opposing expansion at Bristol Airport – Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAE) have put together the key information people need to respond to the airport’s
recent planning application.
If you oppose the airport’s plans, please help support SBAE. 
SBAE say:
Bristol International Airport (BIA) has applied for planning permission to expand.

This development aims to:

–  increase passengers by 60% by 2016,

–   increase passenger flights by 40%,

–   increase summer night flights by 50%,

–   increase car journeys by over 2m per year, and

–   increase carbon emissions by at least 40%.

This will mean more traffic on country roads, more noise day and night, more
countryside eaten up by car parking, and more climate changing impacts.

It is argued that expansion will be good for tourism, but between 6 and 10 times
as many tourists are outbound rather  than inbound,  leading to £700m being drained from the UK economy each year. Expansion  will make this worse.
Recently, the weak pound has caused passenger numbers to drop by 15% or more,
but local tourist destinations have seen more visitors than last year.
BIA claim that expansion will create 3500 jobs in the region, but only 900 of
these are within the airport and the rest of the jobs appear to be wishful thinking.
 The outflow of tourism spending destroys far more jobs than this.   Even 800 jobs
looks high when the expansion is based on no-frills airlines.

Business passengers can already use BIA to reach anywhere in the world through
Paris, Amsterdam and Newark. Expansion would not bring any significant change
to this, it is targeted at outbound tourists.

We have 6 weeks to tell North Somerset council why this expansion is not needed,
and why it is bad for the economy as well as the environment.

You can object to the expansion in the following ways:


1) you can visit our website and use the email form 

2) you can email the council yourself at, refering to planning application number 09/P/1020/OT2, please copy your email

3) write a letter to :

Neil Underhay, re: application 09/P/1020/OT2

Development Control

North Somerset Council

Somerset House

Oxford Street

Weston super Mare

BS23 1TG


Deadline –  7th August  2009.

You can also help  SBAE (Stop Bristol Airport Expansion)  in the following ways:

1) forward this email to any people you think may be interested

2) help to distribute printed leaflets (please contact

3) make a donation at

You can find lots more details on what BIA are planning to do, and why we believe
the impacts far outweigh the benefits by visiting our website:

You can find what the airport says about its plans here:


In addition, if you are concerned about developments in the countryside and the
greenbelt, particularly in the   area around Bristol, please visit to see how you can help fight the implications of the housing and other targets
of the Regional Spatial Strategy.

Many thanks for your time

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion Ltd

a non-profit company limited by guarantee, number 6843411