Bristol Airport’s £1.8 million for residents as part of airport development

Bristol Airport will have £1.8 million made available for residents, as part of an enhanced noise insulation scheme, accompanying development plans being considered by North Somerset Council.

North Somerset Council is consulting on the airport’s planning application to increase capacity to 12 million passengers a year. Funds available to households will increase up to a maximum of £7,500 for each property.

James Shearman, head of sustainability at Bristol Airport, said: “This scheme goes beyond Government policy recommendations and will be among the most comprehensive and wide-ranging offered by a UK airport, demonstrating our commitment to reducing and mitigating the impacts of development on our neighbours.”

Upgraded mechanical ventilation will be included in the scope of the scheme—for the first time—enabling residents to keep windows closed and experience the full benefit of the high-performance acoustic double-glazing.

Local resident, Jackie Abbott, said: “Having our windows replaced has made a real difference, making it much quieter, particularly at night.”

The current scheme, which remains open, has granted in excess of £200,000 to 70 local properties but requires residents in the ‘outer’ qualifying noise contour to contribute 50 percent of the costs of installation.

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