Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of building over a green belt.
The proposal had actually been denied when the residents explained how a noise monitoring condition had not been enforced and that no investigation was conducted on the impact the new base would have on the environment of the green belt.
In order to compromise now that the plans have been approved, they will have a liaison group to monitor development and noise monitoring equipment installed. The new base will include a hangar, a Met Office weather station, a grass take off area, parking and a new access road.
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