We are pleased to have supported Bristol Airport through their successful planning application, with a positive decision published last month.
BAP undertook the noise assessment and drafted the noise chapter of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We then entered a dialogue with the local authority and their external consultants. This resulted in a recommendation for approval from the planning officers, but this was ultimately not followed by the planning committee. The airport subsequently appealed which led to a public inquiry in 2021.
BAP associate Nick Williams was the noise witness for the airport. Despite the merits of the application being contested, the Inspector’s Report supports BAP’s findings. The Inspectors concluded that BAP’s assessment was appropriate and in line with policy. They agreed with BAP’s conclusions that while there were some adverse noise effects, these were not significant in the context of EIA and formed part of the overall planning balance.
BAP has many years of experience supporting airports through the planning process. This includes producing the required detailed noise modelling, writing chapters for EIAs, and performing roles as expert witnesses.