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 firstname.lastname@example.org
More information and related links:
- Information leaflet: A new base for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service [PDF] (published in March 2015)
- Consultation starts for new helicopter base (Alder King, February 2015)
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.
- Report to the meeting of SGC’s Development Control (West) Committee on 11th August 2016
- Minutes of the meeting of SGC’s Development Control (West) Committee on 11th August 2016
Petitions and letters
- Protect Almondsbury Greenbelt from BAE (iPetitions)
- Almondsbury InTouch Special, May 2015 (Jack Lopresti)
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Almondsbury helicopter base granted planning permission
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Almondsbury helibase decision quashed
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MP calls public meeting to discuss helicopter base planning application
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Bradley Stoke Journal | 19th May 2015
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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
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Bradley Stoke Journal | 13th April 2015
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