Bristol Airport Expansion to Receive Council Approval

25 February 2010 (Last Updated February 25th, 2010 18:30)

The proposed £150m ($229m) expansion project at Bristol International Airport (BIA) in the UK has been recommended for approval by the North Somerset Council planning officers. On March 3, the council's South Area Committee will discuss a 170-page report that recommends approval of the

The proposed £150m ($229m) expansion project at Bristol International Airport (BIA) in the UK has been recommended for approval by the North Somerset Council planning officers.

On March 3, the council's South Area Committee will discuss a 170-page report that recommends approval of the application for 67 planning conditions and a legal agreement entered into by BIA and North Somerset Council, according to thisisbristol.co.uk.

Several financial contributions from the airport will be secured by the legal agreement, including £4.1m ($6m) for a new link road between the A370 and A38.

Phase one of the Bristol rapid transit route from Long Ashton park and ride site into Bristol city centre will cost £1.25m ($1m).

The contributions will also include £200,000 ($305,618) for traffic-calming measures in Barrow Gurney, and £100,000 ($152,809) to Bath and North East Somerset Council for highway improvements.

An environmental improvement fund to help mitigate noise impact on local properties will require £100,000 ($152,809).

Financial contributions will also include improving existing bus services, and introducing new services to and from the airport, in particular from Bristol and Weston-super-Mare.

The planning conditions will include a restriction on the number of night flights between 11.30pm and 6am, and a limit on the number of passengers using the airport to no more than 10 million a year.