Help the Legal Fight to Stop Bristol Airport expanding

by Stop Bristol Airport Expansion

Help the Legal Fight to Stop Bristol Airport expanding

by Stop Bristol Airport Expansion
Stop Bristol Airport Expansion
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Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAEx) is a community campaign group based in North Somerset for individuals and groups opposed to Airport expansion.
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Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAEx) is a community campaign group based in North Somerset for individuals and groups opposed to Airport expansion.
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Latest: Oct. 7, 2020

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion

Very many thanks for your interest and support - we have done really well so far and are now within sight of our target of £20,000. We had expected to have a reasonable indication by now of whe…

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WE NEED TO RAISE £20,000. WHY?
In August 2020 Bristol Airport announced it would appeal against North Somerset Council’s refusal of its planning application to grow to 12 million passengers a year, which means there will be a Public Inquiry.

Community groups and environmental organisations, who fought hard to achieve the planning refusal, are now forced to take the fight deep into legal territory. This Public Inquiry provides an opportunity to scrutinise in detail the issues surrounding the growth of Bristol Airport, which will use huge corporate connections to field a powerful legal team.

SBAEx works closely with the Parish Councils Airport Association (PCAA), chaired by Hilary Burn, which represents 27 parishes surrounding the Airport. Community-based organisations such as the PCAA and SBAEx add great value at a Public Inquiry if they are represented by a strong independent legal team and expert witnesses to challenge the Airport’s case.

Edward Romaine of Lyons Bowe Solicitors and Brendon Moorhouse from Guildhall Chambers will provide our highly experienced legal team. They have offered their services at minimum cost which, in effect, means that much of their expertise is given at no cost at all. However there are research and preparatory tasks and the costs of expert witnesses amounting to around £40,000.


There were many reasons for refusing the planning application and we should now add the dramatic decline in passenger demand because of Covid. But common sense does not win the day at a Public Inquiry – every argument must have a legal basis to demonstrate the inadequacy of the Airport’s case.  To achieve this, our legal team will spotlight material considerations including:

  • climate change due to higher emissions from aviation and road traffic
  • the impacts on air pollution on health and wellbeing
  • sprawling development onto Green Belt land for Airport car parking which also damages habitats that support local biodiversity
  • noise night and day from increased flights  (one every 2-3 minutes at peak times) that impacts on mental health
  • increased congestion on country roads because of inadequate highway infrastructure, poor public transport and lack of rail links
  • anti-social car parking on nearby fields, lanes and local villages
  • the inadequate economic case put forward by the Airport which, as a primarily leisure airport, funnels tourist spending money overseas.

We have already made a good start in fund raising from members and supporters but a shortfall remains.

    WE NEED TO RAISE £20,000.

Please support us and pass the word to others who can see the danger in unnecessary airport expansion that impacts so badly on local communities and the environment.
For more information on the issues see the SBAEx website 

We urgently need your help to win this defining battle and would like to thank you now for your support at this critical moment.

We are liaising with North Somerset Council and other groups including Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) who are focusing on broader issues of climate change.


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Stop Bristol Airport Expansion

Oct. 7, 2020

Stop Bristol Airport Expansion

Very many thanks for your interest and support - we have done really well so far and are now within sight of our target of £20,000. We had expected to have a reasonable indication by now of when the Public Inquiry would be held but the Airport has asked the Inspectorate for extra time. This is partly because they will be submitting significant new evidence meaning that we will have even more work to do in preparing a strong case for the Inquiry. Into the mix they have recently added a Compulsory Purchase Order to enable them to undertake highway works. This is proving controversial with local residents and certainly seems premature given that they have not yet received planning approval for their desired expansion. Do please help us, and encourage others also, to challenge the whole issue of airport expansion and its impact on communities, open spaces and carbon emissions.

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