Bristol Live - Heather Pickstock and Shashana Brown
Campaigners against the airport expansion say its already big enough
A ruling on a High Court challenge against Bristol Airport’s major expansion plans is expected today (January 31). This comes after a statutory appeal by Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN) against it which will see passenger numbers increase from 10 million to 12 million a year.
A hearing took place at the Bristol Civic Justice Centre over two days in November last year. The High Court challenge is the latest stage in the ongoing battle to stop Bristol Airport from expanding, which campaigners say would have disastrous consequences for local people and the environment.
BAAN is a group of local campaigners who gathered together groups opposing Bristol Airport’s original planning application in December 2018 and has resisted the expansion plans ever since. Its original campaign involved marches, village hall meetings, petitions, vigils and lobbying activity which led to over 11,000 comments submitted by the public to the planning website - 84 per cent of which were against the plans.