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To: North Somerset County Council

Stop Bristol Airport expansion!

Stop Bristol Airport expansion!

We demand North Somerset Council refuse planning permission to Bristol Airport's expansion plans.

Why is this important?

Bristol Airport has a new planning application for a 50% expansion and a 59% increase* in their climate-changing carbon emissions. This would mean big impacts locally in Chew Valley, North Somerset and South Bristol. But there's still time to stop it: we have time to object to the planning application.

The scale of their expansion proposal is alarming. It would mean 97,000 flights per year - one every three minutes. This includes 4000 night flights, leading to incessant noise and disruption of sleep. As well as more congestion, pollution and parking spaces approved on green belt land.

Our planet needs protecting against the dangerous effects of climate change, but Bristol Airport’s plans fly in the face of this. The expansion would be irresponsible as it would put both our climate and local community at risk.

* Based on 2017 data. (link will be added soon)

How it will be delivered

We'll deliver the signatures by e-mail shortly before the planning application comment deadline.

Bristol Airport (BRS), Bristol

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2022-03-27 12:26:52 +0100

Great turnout at the demo on Friday! Some good coverage on ITV here:

Bristol Airport Action Network's crowdfunder to appeal at the high court is three quarters of the way there at £30 000. Can you chip in to help them take the fight to the top? Donate here:

2022-03-01 17:35:27 +0000

Just when Bristol Airport expansion looked dead and buried... A planning inquiry reviewing North Somerset Council's decisions to reject expansion has overturned their decision. The campaign must resume. Bristol Airport Action Network are fundraising legal costs to appeal the planning inquiry's decision at the High Court. You can contribute to their crowdfunder here:

2020-02-10 23:26:01 +0000

Deep breath... it's not often you get to say this in the struggle... good news! North Somerset Council today voted to reject Bristol Airport's expansion plans. It's a major barrier in the path of airport expansion. But the fight isn't over. But the plans are one step closer to the bin.... WOOHOOO GREAT WORK EVERYONE!

2020-01-31 00:15:01 +0000

North Somerset Council will make the final planning decision on 10th February. There's still time to object to the application: head to and search for the planning reference 18/P/5118/OUT. The Council are accepting objections until Thursday 6th February.

If you're free in Bristol tomorrow Friday 31st January, head down to the demo on College Green:

2019-07-18 09:36:40 +0100

Clevedon, Yatton, Nailsea & Congresbury Town Councils have all decided to make written objections to the airport expansion and Bath & North East Somerset Council has raised serious concerns. The pressure on North Somerset Council keeps growing.

The next big date will be the planning meeting where North Somerset Council will make the decision. We'll let you know as soon as North Somerset Council fix a date. We'll need as many of you as possible outside that meeting in Weston-Super-Mare.

In the meantime, planning objections are still being accepted until 31st July!

2019-03-23 12:08:13 +0000

A whopping 1973 formal objections were registered to the planning application, meaning North Somerset Council are under quite some pressure - but we're going to have to keep it up! Planning hearings and a decision are due towards the end of April. Stay tuned for more information!

2019-01-19 15:51:59 +0000

Only a week left to submit your formal objection to the planning application! The comment deadline is Saturday 26th January. You can submit an objection on North Somerset Council's website. It doesn't have to be anthing long - just a short paragraph explaining why you object to the airport's expansion.

There have been lots of great actions this week. More than 180 people got together in Wrington to fight the airport's expansion and yesterday Bristol Extinction Rebellion led a 'die-in' protest at Bristol Airport's departure lounge. You can read more in the Bristol Post:

2019-01-17 22:42:27 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-01-17 17:23:02 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-01-14 13:17:07 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-01-13 15:52:04 +0000

Bristol Airport has submitted a planning application to North Somerset Council. They want a 50% increase in passengers and, shockingly, a 59% increase in carbon emissions by 2026. This will devastate the villages around the airport and it will cause irreparable damage to the climate. The latest report by the IPCC said we need carbon emissions cuts of 45% by 2030 if we are to limit global warming to 1.5ºC. Bristol Airport's expansion plans are of grave danger to people and planet and North Somerset Council would be committing a serious environmental crime by approving them.

You can submit a public objection to the planning application on the North Somerset Council website. It doesn't have to be anything long - just a short paragraph, perhaps using some of the information provided on this petition.

2018-12-24 08:55:58 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-06-07 00:41:22 +0100

Bristol Airport is ploughing ahead. It's now running a second set of public events to try and sell its plans - and to gauge how much opposition they're likely to face. The critical decision point is yet to come. That'll be when they ask for planning permission. But it's still another good time to voice opposition to the airport, as much as anything so that others in our communities feel comfortable speaking out too.

There are events coming up in June at the airport plus in Churchill, Barrow Gurney, Chew Magna, Bristol, Clevedon, Bath, Newport and Taunton. Let us know how it goes if you're heading down. Full info on the events are on the Bristol Airport website here:

If you're looking for other ways to resist the airport expansion, now would be a good time to start making contact with neighbours who are also troubled by the plans. We'll need as many people as possible to oppose it when they do ask for planning permission.

2018-03-02 16:28:35 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-02-26 10:38:06 +0000

10 signatures reached