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Council opposes Bristol airport bid

A £150 million expansion plan for Bristol International Airport (BIA) is facing objection from the city’s local authority.

The project includes an expanded terminal, multi-storey car parks, new runway apron and demolition of the old terminal.

Bristol City Council said the expansion will lead to more noise during the night and traffic pollution around the Lulsgate site.

The airport’s authority, however, claims the expansion is needed to cater for the expected increase in passenger numbers from six million a year at present to 10 million by 2020.

North Somerset Council will have the final say over the proposal.

Bristol City Council said BIA had failed to adequately address issues that it had raised.

Airport spokesman James Gore said: “At a meeting, Bristol City Council recognised the vital role BIA plays in the city’s success.

“While the consultation response does express some concerns with the proposals it also contains a number of constructive mitigation measures and amendments should North Somerset Council be minded to approve the application.”

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