Belfast City Airport Drops Runway Extension plans

It was revealed last week that Belfast City Airport has decided to withdraw its planning application for a runway extension. While we at Belfast City Airport Watch give a cautious welcome to the news, the fact is that the City Airport is, in any case, transforming itself into an international airport which is likely to exacerbate the existing … [Read more...]

Residents meet Environment Minister to discuss City Airport

BCAW delegation at Stormont

The Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has told local residents he has yet to make a final decision on the shape of his forthcoming inquiry into modifying the noise regulations governing George Best Belfast City Airport. The Minister met a delegation from the umbrella residents’ campaign group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), at … [Read more...]

Airport campaigners welcome withdrawal of ‘developers charter’

Airport campaigners have warmly welcomed the withdrawal by the Environment Minister of a controversial draft planning policy which was branded a 'charter for developers', and which could have paved the way for George Best Belfast City Airport to be permitted its long-sought runway extension. The residents' umbrella group, Belfast City Airport … [Read more...]

Environment Minister Alex Attwood not to adopt PPS 24 following consultation

Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced that he will not introduce proposed new planning policy after listening to the public, business groups and the commercial sector. Draft Planning Policy Statement 24 (PPS 24) had proposed that full account should be taken of the economic implications of a planning application. Read the full DOE … [Read more...]

Residents surprised at further runway inquiry delay

Local residents have expressed their surprise at a last-minute move by George Best Belfast City Airport which will further delay the long-awaited public inquiry on the airport's controversial proposed runway extension. The body holding the inquiry, the Planning Appeals Commission, recently wrote to residents who objected to the plan inviting … [Read more...]

Controversial planning document could pave way for runway extension

Belfast City Airport Watch brands new planning policy a 'charter for developers' Local residents have expressed their alarm at a draft planning policy document which could pave the way for George Best Belfast City Airport to be permitted its long-sought runway extension. The residents’ umbrella group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), says … [Read more...]

Runway extension public inquiry – urgent action needed

The public inquiry on George Best Belfast City Airport’s proposed runway extension is to get underway later this year. If you submitted a formal objection to the airport’s planning application for the runway extension, you should have received a letter from the Planning Appeals Commission asking you whether and how you wish to be represented at … [Read more...]

Department of Environment calls for new inquiry

The Department of Environment has submitted a new request for a public inquiry into plans to extend the runway at George Best Belfast City Airport. The Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) refused to proceed with an inquiry last year. It wanted the department to produce more detailed environmental information about the likely noise impacts. It … [Read more...]

Runway Extension

George Best Belfast City Airport wants to build a runway extension which would increase the current length of the runway by 470 metres to 2,299 metres for take-off and 2,059 metres for landing. Although the airport claims it has no current plans to allow larger aircraft, a report by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has concluded that there would … [Read more...]

Residents give cautious welcome to Ryanair move

Campaigners say move highlights need for NI aviation strategy Local residents have given a cautious welcome to Ryanair’s decision to pull out of George Best Belfast City Airport, at least temporarily. But the residents’ umbrella group, Belfast City Airport Watch (BCAW), is questioning the real motives for the move and says it highlights … [Read more...]