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Local Group Name - Campaign to Protect Rural England

Expansion of Bristol Airport – Rejected by Councillors

Tuesday, 11 February 2020 13:41

Expansion of Bristol Airport – Rejected by Councillors Photo by Sean Glossop from commons.wikimedia.org

REBUTTAL OF ECONOMIC CASE

North Somerset Planning Committee last night turned down Bristol Airport’s expansion planning application by a majority of 18 - 7, after nearly 5 hours of debate.

The decision has to be formally ratified by the full Council in due course but it is almost inconceivable that it won’t be.

David Worskett, Chair of CPRE Avonside, was one of a number of objectors speaking against the plans. David spoke about the Report commissioned by CPRE from independent consultancy, the New Economics Foundation, to review the economic evidence.

The CPRE/NEF report, which concluded that the Airport’s own claims of economic benefit did not stack up, was frequently referenced and was probably one of the most influential documents in the process.

The NEF concluded that:

David Worskett, CPRE Avonside Chair, said

‘The airport’s consultants tried to rebut the arguments in the NEF paper. However, their “rebuttal” simply did not deal with these central criticisms. The economic benefits are significantly overstated while the disbenefits, applicable right across the West of England, but with the most serious consequences for our sub-region, were significantly understated.’

Notes

CPRE is England’s oldest Countryside Charity. It operates through a nationwide network of county and regional charities, supported by and supporting the national organization.

The Report by the New Economics Foundation is available to download from the CPRE Avonside website
http://avonside.cprelocalgroups.org.uk/campaigns/transport/bristol-airport-expansion/item/download/741

For further information please contact CPRE Avonside Director, Sophie Spencer on 07854 741130

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