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Stop Bristol Airport Expansion! (SBAE) is an alliance comprised of the following groups:

cpreBristol Friends of the Earth

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100 months

Standby for Takeoff

Bristol International Airport is about to submit a major planning application, any time from mid-April onwards. The application is expected to include considerable extra car parking, extension of the terminal, two large walkways with integral lounges, and many other changes. They are now aiming for 10 million passengers by 2016, whereas the Government only expected 10-12 million by 2030.

When the planning applications come out we will have only 3 weeks to send in responses, and it's crucial to get as many responses in to North Somerset Council as possible to object to these plans. Please help by:

  1. Sending an objection to the planning application when it is submitted (we will send you an email as soon as we have the details, which will also be posted on this website)
  2. tell your friends, colleagues and family to object too
  3. help us to deliver leaflets door to door to get more people to respond (if you can do this, please let us know now and give us the postcode

Distributing Leaflets

If you can help by distributing 200 leaflets in your own area (which should take around an hour) then please contact us at and tell us your name, the best way to contact you (phone or email details) and the postcode / streets where you can distribute leaflets. Last time we managed to get 5250 responses (versus 250 from the airport) and managed to change the council's mind. This time we want to do even better.

Donations gratefully received!

We also would appreciate any financial help that you can give. It costs a lot of money to print leaflets and distribute them (we printed 50,000 for the Master Plan consultation, all on recycled paper!). For details of how to donate, see

Why we need your help

The scientific and political landscape has changed since the airport's Master Plan came out, some of these are detailed below.

Climate Change

It has become clearer that we need to make deep cuts rapidly in all climate changing emissions to avoid disaster in the years to come. This week the Climate Change Committee, setup by Gordon Brown to advise Government on how to implement the Climate Change Bill, have stated that 80% cuts from 1990 levels are required by 2050, that this should include all greenhouse gases (not just carbon dioxide) and the emissions from aviation and shipping should be included in the total.

The Bill is due to become law in December and this means that if aviation is to continue growing then other sectors of the economy will have to make even deeper cuts to make up the difference. This makes no sense. Aviation should play a full part in delivering reduced overall emissions, and is not a special case.


The rise in cheap flights and more frequent holidays has coincided with the era of cheap credit and booming house prices. Now that house prices are falling, the pound is weak against the euro, the economy is in recession and cheap credit has gone forever, do we really want to support growth in an industry that is no longer relevant and which does so much damage to our national economy through tourism deficit?

On top of this, the considerable rise in the price of oil has made many airlines uneconomic, and it is not clear that oil will ever fall to $50 per barrel again. The Government's projections for airport expansion were based on oil at $25 per barrel.


It has become clearer that people are annoyed by noise at much lower levels than the Government has previously thought. More planes across more hours, and an increase in the larger planes will mean more noise for the neighbours of the airport and those along its flightpaths. Increased road traffic will spread this misery through adjoining villages, which also causes congestion and delay for other traffic.

There is no evidence that a major increase in passengers using public transport will occur.