Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Bristol Airport Q38. What are your thoughts on the four proposed options for a Bristol Airport policy in the new Local Plan 2036? Do you have a preferred option? [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1018753//11
Respondent Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Jan 2019
Comment

Natural England recognises the importance of Bristol Airport for the West of England economy and the potential benefits of allocating additional land to airport related development, including providing more certainty for investors and support for sustainable transport solutions. Notwithstanding this Bristol airport is close to national and European designated sites and the potential extension area would appear to bring the airport closer to Brockley Hall Stables SSSI, which is an important greater horseshoe maternity roost and a component of the Bats SAC. The airport also generates significant road traffic, with impacts on a much wider area, including parts of the Mendip Hills AONB.

It will be essential therefore that any changes to the green belt/airport boundary are informed by robust evidence to ensure key ecological and landscape features on and off-site are identified and protected and that any off-site mitigation requirements are secured in accordance with the principles and priorities of the WoE GI Plan.

Summary
Essential that any changes to the green belt/airport boundary are informed by robust evidence to ensure key ecological and landscape features on and off-site are identified and protected and that any off-site mitigation requirements are secured in accordance with the principles and priorities of the WoE GI Plan.
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