Campaigners opposed to hotel at Bristol Airport

Hotel News - 05/08/2010

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Campaigners opposed to the construction of a new hotel at Bristol Airport are urging for the withdrawal of the planning application. Stop Bristol Airport Expansion (SBAE) is protesting what it says will be the harmful effects on the region’s natural environment and on local businesses if the hotel is built.

SBAE points out that the 250-room hotel will be built on the area currently occupied by the airport’s existing long-stay car park and car hire return areas. The group says this area should be used to create more parking and preserve the green-belt areas to the south of the airport. On this basis, SBAE is urging for the application to be denied. SBAE also says the hotel will damage business at existing hotels, B&Bs and pubs in the area.

North Somerset Council already gave Bristol Airport planning permission that allows for a 60-per-cent expansion in passenger traffic at the airport by 2020. However, this planning cannot be acted on until the Secretary of State decides whether to allow green-built development and a major increase in the emission of greenhouse gases.

An SBAE spokesperson complained that Bristol Airport already has a monopoly on parking and it is acting without concern for the local environment or local communities. SBAE points out that the number of rooms at the planned hotel has risen from the agreed 120, to 250.

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