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Date Published: 17th June 2018
Stables Business Park welcomes plans for Bristol Airport expansion
News that Heathrow Airport’s third runway has been given the green light and Bristol Airport’s expansion plans have also been given the go ahead has been welcomed by Stables Business Park.
A spokesman for the business park near J22 of the M5 and 10 miles from Bristol Airport said: “Bristol Airport is a vital transport link for the business community in this area as it opens up routes to Europe and beyond. The ambitious expansion plans at the airport would be even better if there was also a rail link from Bristol and the nearby station of Yatton linking up with Highbridge.”
The Government minister Chris Grayling told the House of Commons last month the ‘time for action is now’ referring to the Heathrow expansion. He said the decision was being taken in the national interest and would benefit the whole of the UK. The minister said the £14bn runway, which could be completed by 2026, would be funded entirely privately although some MPs said the upgrading of infrastructure and the roads around the runway would be met by the public purse. There is strong opposition to the plans but after years of delay it is expected Parliament will back the new runway which include s15 percent of new landing slots at the Heathrow to “facilitate regional connectivity. "
Bristol is particularly pleased with the regional connectivity plans and has its own blueprint for the future with proposals for the long-term development of Bristol Airport. ‘Towards 2050’ includes a Charter for Future Growth in five key areas: aviation, economic impact, Green Belt, sustainable growth and surface access.
In a statement the airport said: “Alongside these long-term considerations, proposals for the next stage in the Airport’s phased development are set out ahead of a planning application to increase capacity to accommodate 12 million passengers a year. The improvements required can be delivered largely within land owned by Bristol Airport, and include surface level car parking, a new canopy at the front of the building, an additional multi-storey car park, and improvements to the on-site road layout. Local highway improvements to enhance access are also proposed.”
Janis Kong of Bristol Airport, said: “It was clear from the initial consultation on preparing a long-term Master Plan that local communities wanted clarity on our development plans and solutions to some of the issues they face living close to a busy international Airport. By bringing forward this planning application in tandem with our emerging thinking on the Master Plan, we will set out how phased growth can be achieved through the 2020s as part of an exciting longer-term vision.”
Bristol Airport is the UK’s ninth busiest airport, and the fifth busiest outside London, serving more than eight million passengers in 2017. Planning permission is already in place for facilities to handle up to 10 million passengers per annum, and £160 million has been invested in infrastructure improvements since 2010. The airport is just a few miles up the A38 from the Stables Business Park which currently has a limited number of vacancies.
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Rose Farm Developments (UK) Ltd. The Stables Business Park, Rooksbridge, Somerset BS26 2TT.