New helicopter base near the M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange

Proposed new helicopter base for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service in Almondsbury, Bristol.

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) need to move from their current base at the former Filton Airfield.

After looking at hundreds of sites in the West of England region, property consultants Alder King have concluded that a site near the Almondsbury Interchange is the only one that meets the needs of both helicopter services.

The proposed new site is on farmland close to the M4/M5 junction, just across the M5 motorway from the RAC building in north Bradley Stoke.

Alder King state that 90% of the site would remain as grass, with 10% providing a small area of hard standing, a hangar for the helicopters and a new access road.

Community consultation events were held in Almondsbury on 11th & 12th March 2015.

A formal planning application to South Gloucestershire Council is expected to be made soon.

Image: Outline plan of the site (click to enlarge).

If you would like to know more, contact the Filton Airfield community relations team on 0800 073 1047 or

More information and related links:

Planning application

PT15/1438/F | Received 7th April 2015; Approved 5th October 2015; Decision quashed 22nd December 2015; Approved 11th August 2016; Decision Notice issued 10th October 2016

Construction of new operations base for emergency helicopters (Great Western Air Ambulance and National Police Air Service), (Use Class Sui Generis), comprising hangar, grassed final approach and take off area, car parking and hardstanding area, met office weather station, new access road and construction of new access onto A 38 Gloucester Road, re-grading of land, landscaping and associated development.

Petitions and letters

Media reports

The Gazette | 15th December 2016
Emergency service’s air base plan in Almondsbury given all-clear for take-off

The Gazette | 19th August 2016
Residents consider legal action against Almondsbury helicopter base planning permission

The Gazette  | 11th August 2016
Almondsbury helicopter base granted planning permission

Bradley Stoke Journal | 18th April 2016
Town council objects to Almondsbury helibase following pressure from residents

Bradley Stoke Journal | 2nd April 2016
Almondsbury helibase decision quashed

The Gazette | 25th February 2016
Residents issue vote of no confidence in South Gloucestershire Council planners over Almondsbury helicopter base

The Gazette | 10th December 2015
Almondsbury helicopter base could be blocked thanks to resident-backed judicial review

Bristol Post  | 7th July 2015
Helicopter pad in South Gloucestershire for air ambulance and police given go ahead

BBC Bristol | 7th July 2015
Almondsbury green belt helicopter base wins backing

Bristol Post  | 4th July 2015
Helicopter base at Almondsbury set to win planning approval

The Gazette | 26th June 2015
Inconsistencies over Almondsbury helicopter base plans anger residents

Bristol Post | 20th June 2015
Police counter concerns from Almondsbury residents about “essential” relocation of helicopter base

Bradley Stoke Journal | 18th June 2015
MP calls public meeting to discuss helicopter base planning application

The Gazette | 9th June 2015
MP calls public meeting to discuss Almondsbury helicopter base plans

Bradley Stoke Journal | 9th June 2015
Councillors demand noise barrier if new helicopter base approved

Bradley Stoke Journal | 19th May 2015
Parish and town councils to discuss Almondsbury Interchange helicopter base plans

The Gazette | 20th May 2015
Parish council objects to plans for Almondsbury helicopter base

BBC Bristol | 18th May 2015
Almondsbury helicopter base plan sparks noise objections

The Gazette | 14th May 2015
Dozens of letters of objection received to plans to build helicopter base in Almondsbury

The Gazette | 16th April 2015
Helicopter base near Almondsbury will ‘distract motorists’

Bradley Stoke Journal | 13th April 2015
Plan for new helicopter base near Almondsbury Interchange

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