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Airport's plans go before council


Airport boss Robert Sinclair discusses plans for the airport to expand

Plans for the expansion of Bristol International Airport are being submitted to North Somerset Council.

The plans include extending the airport terminal along with building added car parking space and new aircraft stands.

Some 4,000 jobs could be created and £340m injected into the local economy, an airport spokesman said.

In March, local Tory MPs John Penrose and Dr Liam Fox said they were not convinced enough had been done to address noise issues at the airport.

The radical proposals include extending the size of the current terminal to handle 10 million passengers a year by 2016.

Robert Sinclair, the airport's chief executive, said: "Over the last six months we have listened to a wide range of views relating to the development of the airport.

Airport plans go before council

"In response to requests from the local community, the airport has introduced a new cap on night flights, as well as maintaining the current night noise quota.

"The airport will also commit to maintaining CO2 emissions at or below 2007 levels with 20% of the additional energy required by the proposed development coming from on-site renewable sources."

In March, a motion by the Green party, opposing the expansion plans, was put before Bristol City Council.

North Somerset Council will now consider the proposals as part of the planning process.

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