Welcome to the Cleeve Parish Council website

Cleeve is a village and civil parish in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It is situated within the unitary authority of North Somerset, 9 miles (14km) south west of Bristol and has a population of 902 (2011 census). 

Joint Spatial plan

The Joint Spatial plan proposals will be available on www.jointplanningwofe.org.uk from the 22nd November until the 10th January 2018. Cleeve Parish Council will be posting their response on the website once it is written.

Bristol Airport

Everyone in the village should have now received the YOUR Airport, a leaflet asking for your views on a proposed expansion to 19 million passenger per annum (mppa). The airport currently has a throughput of 8 mppa. We encourage all residents to respond as it will affect the village through more noise night and day and more traffic on the A370 and lanes. Extension to car parking at the airport is a big issue as it will be on green belt land whilst the multi-storey car park and integrated transport network has not been delivered, as promised under the last planning consent. A short response by Cleeve Parish Council is on our website with a detailed response following shortly, http://www.cleeveparishcouncil.co.uk/Cleeve-PC/Default.aspx. On Tuesday 9th January, there will be a consultation run by the airport in the Village Hall from 2 – 9 pm and in Hangstones Pavilion Yatton on 10th January 4 - 8 pm. Please all take the chance to see how expansion will affect you.

A suggested response:

Bristol Airport has identified five ‘pillars’ for its proposed expansion:

Views of Bristol Airport

Views of Parish Councils Airport Assoc.

Cleeve Parish Council is a member of the PCAA

A World Leading Airport

Delivering easy and convenient access, excellent on time performance, friendly and efficient customer service, a great range of destinations, state of the art facilities and a distinctive sense of place that reflects the unique part of the world we serve.

Why do not we want more expansion?

Bristol airport is already a leading airport, it has 120 destinations including three European hubs which enable residents and business travellers to go anywhere in the world. If the airport expands the quality of life and well-being of residents in the Chew Valley and surrounding villages will deteriorate. There will be more noise night and day, light pollution, traffic on our roads and car parking on greenbelt land. Aviation’s carbon emissions will increase.

Employment &supporting

economic growth

Creating employment and supporting economic growth by connecting the South West of England and South Wales to new markets, talents and tourists.

It is a myth that the airport is a major driver of the South West economy

Bristol Airport is a leisure airport. Nationally, business travel accounts for only 19% of passengers and at Bristol it is considerably smaller figure. Businesses can use Bristol Airport to reach anywhere in the world now.

In 2005 there were 52 businesses at Bristol Airport and in 2017 there are still only 52 businesses.

Due to technological advances such as automated check in, jobs at the airport are approximately 3,000. In the Master Plan of 2005–2030 it stated nearly 4,000 jobs at the airport at 10 mppa.

At the heart of an integrated transport


Making Bristol Airport an integrated hub by bringing together different modes of transport, not just for our passengers and staff, but also for people travelling within, to and through the region.

Why has an integrated transport network not been delivered as promised under the planning consent of 2011 to allow expansion to 10 mppa?

Conditions to the planning consent stated that there would be an ‘ erection of 2 multi-storey car parks of four and five storeys north of the terminal building providing 3850 spaces and a transport interchange for buses and taxis with a pedestrian bridge link’. Where is it? This was to be delivered for 8 mppa to save green belt land from car parking. Instead North Somerset Council has rolled over and granted green belt land with the hope that one multi-storey of three storeys will be delivered with 984 spaces. Bristol Airport prefers greenbelt land to building a multi-storey as it’s cheaper.

There is considerable financial uncertainty surrounding the airport, as shown in their accounts. The airport is currently unprofitable at the current level of operation after financing costs to construct the airport are taken into account. The consolidated accounts show a net loss for 2016 of £36M, and an accumulated loss of £262M. Of the total revenue of £90M in 2016, £34M was aeronautical income, £27M car park revenue and £26M concession revenue.

This shows why they wish to have a near-monopoly on car parking and does not bode well for future contributions from the airport to new infrastructure projects.

Sustainable approach

Seeking to reduce and mitigate our effect

on communities and the environment,

locally and globally, as well as finding opportunities to deliver enhancements.

Bristol Airport is the largest carbon polluter in North Somerset and continuing to grow its carbon footprint whilst all other industries need to reduce their emissions to fit within the UK’s legally agreed carbon budget.

The airport cannot mitigate the impacts of noise day and night on residents as most residents would prefer to open their windows, sleep at night, enjoy their gardens and have less traffic. If expansion happens there will be noise all day. There will be a substantial increase in air transport movements. The night noise quota point system will be reviewed whilst we already need a reduction in flights at nights. Houses from the 54 dBl noise contour may be devalued. Bristol Airport should mitigate by offering to pay council tax on these properties.

Light pollution affecting the dark skies surrounding the Mendips will again be reduced from a new terminal, increased car parking and new infrastructure.

The public transport usage to and from the airport remains at approximately 13%. This means that around 87% of passengers to and from the airport still continue to travel by car. New roads and a rail link will further destroy the countryside and affect wildlife especially the bats, a protected species in this area.


Developing proposals which are flexible enough to be delivered in phases to meet demand, and which represent value for money for passengers, airlines and other stakeholders.

So far Bristol Airport has not delivered on the integrated transport network under phased development to 10 mppa.

Note that there is no mention of what is good for the community when delivering the phasing of the development. It is all about profit for a private company that is based in Canada and Australia. The phasing of this development allows Bristol Airport to grow at their convenience without delivering promised conditions, as has happened under the planning consent given in 2011. A rail link will not be delivered in the next decade, even it is affordable (think of Portishead Railway). New roads aren’t going to happen overnight. An option should be considered by Bristol Airport that it has already reached its natural growth limit and is spatially constrained.

We demand that an option in the new Master Plan for no further growth is considered by Bristol Airport and North Somerset Council.

A full cost of all negative impacts should be given in the Draft Master Plan which is the next stage, including estimated costs of the infrastructure required.

Likewise the public would like to see all mitigations in the new Master Plan in case BA submits this development as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project to the Planning Inspectorate rather than a planning application to North Somerset Council.

The public and residents have a right to know how much public money is to be spent on the developing infrastructure, in order to make an informed decision on whether to support further development at Bristol Airport or perhaps spend public money on education, health and social care.

Lord Nelson Development Update 26/10/2017

It is important that all residents respond if they wish, to the Information Leaflet link below, a hard copy was sent to properties in Cleeve by Tout Ltd.


Comments received will be included in the Statement of Community Intent which is part of the pre-planning phase of the planning system. Please respond to www.toutscleeve.info or write to the FreePost address : Freepost RLUC-EZKA-BHSY, Consensus, 93 Walton Road, Clevedon, BS21 6AW

The deadline is 10 November. Our response is below.

Cleeve Parish Council response to the leaflet titled ‘Information, Tout’s plans for Lord Nelson Site’

Cleeve Parish Council’s comments are general in nature until the time of the planning application. The comments have been agreed by all councillors by email. As you are aware this consultation has a dead line of 10 November. We meet next as a council on 14 November to which we extend an invitation for you to come to meet with us again.

  1. It is unfortunate that the leaflet sent to residents appears very similar to the presentation given to us at our meeting on 14 February 2017. At the February meeting, we particularly requested a variety of options for the development of the site to be put forward, none have been.
  1. The leaflet shows a 24 hr petrol station in the heart of Cleeve village which we explicitly stated on 14 February would not be welcome. The leaflet ignores traffic implications which will be major. This is very disappointing. Petrol stations only exist in residential locations where they have been in place for many years. New petrol stations are not today built in the middle of villages.
  2. The parish council question the statement ‘There are 24-hour food and forecourts operating in North Somerset – the vast majority of which opened in the last 10 years. They are all located close to major roads within residential/commercial areas’. The council would like evidence within North Somerset district of a new petrol station opening on a completely new site in a residential area where there has been previously no petrol station.
  3. Cleeve Parish Council believes the business model of a petrol station with a convenience store will soon be an outdated model and that by 2030 the site will again be redeveloped. Please look at a presentation by Prof Tony Sebastian of Stanford University titled ‘Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation’ at https://youtu.be/2b3ttqYDwF0
  4. Cleeve Parish Council requests a comparison of traffic data between two sites: that of Budgens in Langford over a 24/7 period for a month with that of a pub in Backwell such as the Rising Sun. This is because the Budgens at Lower Langford appears to be busy day and night contrary to the suggestion that there will be ‘quiet hours of the late night and the early morning’.
  5. Cleeve Parish Council believes that this development is likely to have a severe, residual, cumulative impact on traffic congestion and on the character and function of the surrounding area.
  6. The leaflet states that the café and pub will close at the same time as The Lord Nelson which was no later than midnight and that bulk deliveries will not commence before 06.00 hours. The Lord Nelson, although shut at midnight, did not open until mid morning. The proposal allows residents the opportunity of only six hours sleep per night 24/7. The world health organisation recommends eight hours per night with the official hours for night classed as 23.00 – 07.00 hours. Lack of sleep causes severe health implications.
  7. The proposed car parks completely eradicate the long-standing garden which adjoins the pub. The whole development would impact adversely on the adjacent domestic properties and gardens causing devaluation of property from noise, air and light pollution. The leaflet does not state if the lighting will be turned off at midnight in this location or elsewhere in the car parking area. The car park lights at The Lord Nelson site were turned off at midnight. The car park is now a larger area if the petrol station is included.
  8. Although ‘Historic England says no to Nelson listing’, it does not recommend that the building is knocked down and states that it is of local interest and value.
  9. The Lord Nelson gives a sense of place and belonging. A petrol station brings homogeneity to Cleeve and takes away from our rural setting.
  10. The leaflet ignores the fact that Cleeve is in the green belt and is an infill village which is close to the service villages of Backwell, Congresbury and Yatton. Cleeve already has a hair studio, beauty salon and a general store. Likewise, service villages very close by have the same facilities and petrol stations.
  11. The positioning of the proposed development is dangerously close to the road, including the provision for front of house café seating. The council view the café seating as unsafe and believe it would not be used by clients. A barrier would be required to stop children running into the road. We question whether it is suitable for children to sit in this location with air pollution which is bound to mount from the accessing and exiting of the site, stopping and starting of cars on site, traffic slowing for the crossing and buses which run at regular intervals often with traffic behind also slowing down. Young children’s lungs are particularly susceptible to air pollution.
  12. The convenience store will compete directly with Brockley Stores which is in walking distance of many residents in Cleeve. Brockley Stores has ‘high quality service and great tasting locally produced foods with fresh bread each day’. This development will put other businesses in Cleeve out of business.
  13. The business model is not dependent on residents of Cleeve but relies on drop-in visits and passers-by. The focus is that of a food store and petrol forecourt similar to the sites in Nailsea and Langford.
  14. The 100 new jobs seem disingenuous and will be challenged at the planning application stage as many of the jobs (such as head office staff) are already filled.
  15. As you aware, this development is extremely close to the roosts of the Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bat, a protected species. The council will comment on the bat survey at the planning application stage.
  16. The Localism Act 2011 aims to facilitate the devolution of decision making powers from central government to individuals and communities so that they can seek to influence development. The leaflet sent to properties within Cleeve is yet to respond to suggestions put forward by residents that a petrol station is not acceptable and the request for alternative options for development. Currently the discussion is one-sided.

    Our final thought is that there is some miss-communication from Tout that the village is against development of the building. This is untrue, many villagers would support sympathetic development of the original building with multiple use. We oppose its demolition and the building of a 24 hr filling station with the subsequent light, air, noise and odour pollution with the potential to increase road traffic movements along the A370. The Tesco site at Congresbury which is very nearby is a classic example of poor planning with difficult traffic access and exit facilities, we do not wish to see these repeated.

    Historic England visited the Lord Nelson to carry out a report. Cleeve Parish Council has been sent a copy which you can view below. The decision from Historic England was that they will not add the Lord Nelson to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. If you wish to appeal this decision you can do so by contacting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by the 30th October.

    Report on Lord Nelson Site Map


    Yatton United Charities - The Trustees of the Charity are able to make small grants to any resident of Cleeve, Claverham and Yatton who are in need of financial support due to their own limited funds.  This includes the elderly, children, students, people with disabilities, learning difficulties and people experiencing a sudden emergency in their life, for example through illness.  To apply please complete the application form by 31 August by clicking here.  For more information please see the attached poster by clicking here or contact Mrs Alison Storm by alisonstormuk@yahoo.co.uk or 01934 833547. 

    Bishops Road - the Parish Council agreed to pay for yellow strips (not rumble strips) to be added to the current SLOW signs painted on Bishops Road to try and slow traffic this has now been completed.  

    Mobile Library - The mobile library visits Woodview Drive in Cleeve every other Monday between 11:50am and 12.20pm. The current dates are: 

    4th and 18th September 2017

                                        2nd, 16th and 30th October 2017

                                       13th and 27the November 2017

                                        11th December 2017 

                                        8th and 22nd January 2018

                                        5th and 9th February 2018

                                        5th March 2018 

    Defibrillator - The defibrillator has been installed at Cleeve Village Hall (near the main entrance) and is available for use if instructed to do so by the ambulance service. This has been made possible by generous donations from local residents and businesses. 

    Community Resilience - Cleeve has been a leader in making a Community Resilience plan in the event of a major emergency. For more information or if you are interesting in becoming a volunteer please contact Pat Walmsley on 01934 876913.  

    How to Comment on planning applications- please click on the following link for a step by step guide on how to submit your comments.

    Planning Guide