Parish Councils Airport Association (PCAA)
Chew Magna Parish Council (CMPC) is a member of the Parish Council Airport
The PCAA consists of representative of 20 Parish Councils which are concerned about the impact or future impact of the activities of Bristol Airport. The PCAA responds to consultations and reports back to its members on current issues relating to the aviation sector. It also monitors conditions which are placed on Bristol Airport by the Local Authority North Somerset District Council.
The latest reports can be found via the Bristol Airport Watch website so to find out more please click on the link below”
Aims and objectives of the PCAA
To minimise the adverse effects the operation of Bristol International Airport has on residents of communities in the region, and on the wider environment, whilst recognizing the economic and other benefits the airport can bring to this region.
To provide a forum for the discussion of all aspects of activities at the airport for all affected parishes.
To maintain effective communication with senior management at the airport with a view to minimising the adverse impact of the airport’s activities on local communities.
To recognize and support proper complaints brought by residents regarding either the environmental aspects or the operational impact on the surrounding area.
To monitor proposed developments at the airport, collating views of Parish councils in planning or other matters, seeking inclusion of appropriate planning conditions, and making representations to all the relevant regulatory bodies.
Monitoring developments at the airport to see that work is carried out in accordance with planning approval
To monitor noise and air pollution levels and other environmental statistics
To keep up to date with research and published material on airports and comment on them as appropriate
To respond to the needs of particular Parish Councils or the wider community on issues or matters of concern caused by the airport operations.
History and aims of the Parish Councils Airport Association
On 30th April, 1971 the inaugural meeting of the Parish Councils (Airport) Committee was held in Wrington and attended by delegates from Wrington, Cleeve, Backwell, Blagdon, Winford, Congresbury and Shipham/Winscombe, Yatton’s representative being unable to attend that evening.
Barrow Gurney joined later that year, attending a meeting on 1st December.
Three issues which led to the Committee’s formation were:
1) Concern about aircraft noise – particularly at night.
2) Opposition to the extension of the existing airport facilities, and any extension of the main runway across the A38.
3) Operation (Finance and Control)
Subsequently, the Committee’s name was changed to the Local Councils (Airport) Committee. Members, apart from the above, included Burrington, Butcombe, Chew Magna, Dundry, Long Ashton, Locking, Kingston Seymour, Nempnett Thrubwell, Loxton and Tickenham.
At a meeting on 28th September 1989, the Local Councils (Airport) Committee agreed to change its name to the Parish Councils Airport Association in order to encompass groups such as the Parish Councils’ airport action committees.
Since 1971 a number of additional factors have arisen which are of concern to Parishes affected in varying degrees by the Airport, such as:
” Road Traffic to and from the Airport.
” The Expansion of Airport-related activities into Green Belt land.
” The expansion of marginally Airport-related activities at the Airport.
” Air and light pollution and Global Warming.
” Consultative Committee: Whilst the Parish Councils have regained one of the five places lost following a review by airport management, they represent a small minority voice for local people and the environment on the committee.
Airport plans which you can comment on:
Bristol Airport Diamond Fund
Bristol Airport is making £60,000 available to help reduce its impact on surrounding
villages with a maximum of £3000 being available to each village.
Please email CM Parish clerk firstname.lastname@example.org – with your ideas on what
Chew Magna might consider applying for to improve the situation in our village. (You
will need to add in your email address).
The latest date for applications is 31 December but the funding is on a first come basis.
Comment from Chew Magna Parish Council
In assessing the viability of this application Chew Magna Parish Council requests North Somerset Council consider the following:
– setting up a new airport fund for villages outside the current funding scheme to help alleviate suffering from traffic congestion and litter from airport traffic
– discussion with Chew Magna Parish Council with regards to strategies that might ease the current traffic congestion through Chew Magna
– alternative non-greenbelt airport parking options, and construction of multistorey car parks at the airport
– airport plans should conform to the Government targets to limit carbon dioxide emissions and reduce climate change, eg hard roof spaces could become ‘green roofs’
– airport plans should mitigate noise pollution. The noise of traffic travelling to and from the airport would increase through Chew Magna causing increased sleep disturbance – the airport acknowledges the impact of noise disturbance to properties along the flight path and funds window soundproofing strategies – mitigation of the current noise pollution from traffic travelling through Chew Magna should be similarly funded
– the planning application states ‘some elements reserved for subsequent approval’ and Chew Magna Parish Council is concerned these may include plans which would have further detrimental impact on the green belt and increase traffic, air, noise and light pollution
Historic airport plans now closed
Bristol Airport are consulting on their Noise Action Plan. If you would like to know
more and or comment on it then please do so by 20 September using the link below
Read about the current airport plans and feedback if you wish to comment
Noise Action Plan
Planning Application by Bristol Airport Limited,
Reference No: 18/P/5118/OUT
Description:The application is for growth to 12 million passengers per annum (mppa). This is phase 1 of proposed growth to 20 mppa.12 mppa will be a 50% increase from 2017 when Bristol Airport reached 8 mppa and will mean a throughput 97,373 aircraft movements in a 12-month calendar period resulting in a flight almost every three minutes. There will be a further extension to the ‘Silver Zone’ car park of approximately 2,700 additional spaces for all-year-round use, in the green belt. There will be major congestion on the A38 spilling over to the A370 and on to rural roads through rural villages.
The deadline for comment is 26 January(but see below…)
HOW TO COMMENT
Please comment NOWon the latest plans to expand Bristol Airport so that views are formally registered with the local planning authority, North Somerset Council (NSC).
For full documentation and to comment go to the North Somerset Council website planning at
This page gives you information on how to make a comment. To find the application documents click on ‘Search for an Application’ and enter the reference number 18/P/5118/OUT
Planning Department, North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road,Weston super Mare BS23 1UJ
Make sure you enter the reference number for the application
The deadline for public comments is 26 January, set by North Somerset Council. This is very short for proper public scrutiny of this complex planning application with over 5,000 pages. Even if your comments arrive after the North Somerset Council’s arbitrary 26 January deadline (which has no force in law), it will still help.
You can also copy in your local MP and councillor. Go to https://www.theyworkforyou.comto find your MP’s email address. Your councillor’s email address can be found on your local council website. For example, email addresses for North Somerset councillors can be found at http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-council/councillors/councillor/find-your-councillors/list-of-councillors/?LGNTF=188
You can also email a copy to the following councillors who are influential:
- Leader of North Somerset Council Nigel Aston. email@example.com
- Council Elfan Ap Rees responsible for transport and economics firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cllr Peter Bryant responsible for pollution. email@example.com
- Cllr J Iles responsible for health. firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare separate, different responses for members of your household, each with their own entry or letter.
WHAT TO WRITE
Explain your concerns in the context of how you are already impacted by the airport: this might be daytime noise and/or night flights; traffic congestion and rat runs; air quality; illegal/inconsiderate car parking; litter; loss of quality of life and community character… and more.
Current and expected impacts will vary depending where you live but even if you are at some distance from the airport, it is valuable to show how wide-ranging the airport’s impacts can be.
Give a very specific account of how you suffer at present and how this would worsen with any further increase in permitted numbers.
Make it clear that you object to the planning application and want the Council to refuse it.
Tell your own story; this will have much more power than the standard template and automatic emails of support suggested by Bristol Airport to staff, customers, contractors, suppliers and others.
Include photos with your response showing the impacts of airport activities on the quality of life of residents. The use of one image with a clear and concise title and with a simple message is highly effective within a written comment, for example a photo of:
- Illegally parked cars
- Queues of traffic at standstill on the A38 and junctions of Downside, West Lane and elsewhere
- Litter on Felton Common and Brockley Combe
- The new building (the administration block) next to the A38 which clearly demonstrates an act of vandalism compromising the green belt and the rural landscape.
- Low-flying aircraft that generate significant noise issues.
- Hedges on the south side which will be removed to provide 5.1 hectares of low-cost car parking but which will diminish wild life.
Airport consultation- make your view count
Bristol Airport planning application to 12 mppa: Ref. No: 18/P/5118/OUT
Deadline end 26 January 2019
The application states: Outline planning application (with reserved matters details for some elements included and some elements reserved for subsequent approval) for the development of Bristol Airport to enable a throughput of 12 million terminal passengers in any 12 month calendar period, comprising: 2no. extensions to the terminal building and canopies over the forecourt of the main terminal building; erection of new east walkway and pier with vertical circulation cores and pre-board zones; 5m high acoustic timber fence; construction of a new service yard directly north of the western walkway; erection of a multi-storey car park north west of the terminal building with five levels providing approximately 2,150 spaces and wind turbines atop; enhancement to the internal road system including gyratory road with internal surface car parking and layout changes; enhancements to airside infrastructure including construction of new eastern taxiway link and taxiway widening (and fillets) to the southern edge of Taxiway GOLF; the year-round use of the existing Silver Zone car park extension (Phase 1) with associated permanent (fixed) lighting and CCTV; extension to the Silver Zone car park to provide approximately 2,700 spaces (Phase 2); improvements to the A38; operating within a rolling annualised cap of 4,000 night flights between the hours of 23:30 and 06:00 with no seasonal restrictions; revision to the operation of Stands 38 and 39; and landscaping and associated works.
The application is for growth to 12 mppa which is phase 1 of a growth plan to 20 mppa. It is a 50% increase on 2017 when the airport reached 8 mppa.