Green belt harm blocks airport car parking

The change of use of a field near Bristol Airport to a car park for 604 vehicles has been rejected on the grounds that it would represent inappropriate development in the green belt.

The appellant pointed out that the airport had seen a substantial rise in passenger numbers and other independent car park operators had ceased trading. The current concentration of parking within airport boundaries led to a monopoly that did not contribute to the local economy, he argued. He also maintained that little use was made of public transport to reach the airport.

The council explained that the proposal infringed a local plan policy based partly on the aim of providing access to the airport by public transport and preventing harm to the green belt. The inspector agreed that the factors advanced by the appellant did not amount to very special circumstances sufficient to outweigh the strong presumption against inappropriate green belt development.

DCS Number 100-051-091

Inspector Andrew Ritchie; Written representations.

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