In 1991, the Ministry of Defence declared Farnborough surplus to its requirements. The change concentrated military aviation
research and development at Bedford and Boscombe Down, with test flying also taking place at Boscombe.
In conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Transport, the Ministry of Defence drew up a
strategy for disposal of its landholdings at Farnborough. A tranche of land was released to BAE Systems for the Farnborough
Aerospace Centre. Part of the site was retained by DERA, now QinetiQ for a variety of scientific research and development activities.
The former Factory site is now occupied by Slough Estates, which is developing the Farnborough Business Park, a site that will
ultimately accommodate nearly two million square foot of office space.
The Government wished to keep the operational areas of the Farnborough airfield in aviation use. In the late 1980s, it had realised
that the lack of space in the South East for business aviation could have serious impacts on the regional economy. Farnborough was
therefore earmarked as a site suitable as a business aviation airport. A small civil operation commenced in 1989 and the Ministry of
Defence then drew up a development brief for a complete conversion of the site to business operations. In 1997, the MoD
commenced the marketing of the site for this purpose as, by that time, the Rushmoor's Local Plan incorporated draft policies for the
future of the aerodrome.
In February 1998, TAG was confirmed by the Government as the future operator of the site. In October 2000, TAG was granted
planning permission for the use of the site for business aviation, for works needed to bring the site up to Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) standards and, in principle, for the new air traffic control tower, hangars and terminal building.
Rushmoor Borough Council, subject to a number of conditions, granted permission for the redevelopment of Farnborough Airport, into
a civil licensed dedicated business airport. The conditions were the subject of a Town and Country Planning Act Section 106/299A
agreement signed by both parties. One of the stipulations of this agreement was the submission and agreement with Rushmoor of
preferred noise routes, and the enforcement of such routes.
TAG has therefore implemented and published Noise Abatement Procedures that include preferred noise routes for aircraft arriving
and departing the airport, a complaints handling procedure, and a mechanism for addressing unauthorised failures to comply with the
noise abatement procedures.
As a part of the planning permission, a number of environmental controls were also established at the Airport. These came into effect
on January 1 2003 when the CAA licence was granted. One of the environmental requirements is the preparation of quarterly and
annual monitoring reports. The annual report summarises environmental performance over the previous year. It sits alongside
quarterly reports that monitor noise and air quality criteria and provides an opportunity to report more widely on the performance of
In February 2004, the Department for Transport designated a Public Safety Zone at Farnborough. In April 2004, the Council adopted
Interim Planning Policy on the control of new development within the Public Safety Zone.
The 2005 Planning Application was seeking a variation of Condition 11 of the existing airport planning permission given in October
2000, to grant a redistribution of the permitted movement numbers, increasing the total number of movements allowable at
Weekends and Bank Holidays from 2,500 to 5,000.TAG lodged an appeal against Rushmoor Council’s decision to refuse permission in
June 2006. The appeal was heard by the Planning Inspectorate at a public inquiry.
In March 2008 the Planning Inspectorate was directed by the Secretaries of State to grant planning permission.
For more detailed information on all the planning applications you can go to Rushmoor Bourough Council dedicated web pages.
TAG Master Plan
TAG has prepared a
master plan for the
airport, looking at how
it would like to see it
developed up to 2019.
The plan sets out its
goals for the local
area, taking into
account the views of
residents and other
An Independent Consultative Committee established by TAG Farnborough in accordance with a Section 106 agreement of the Town and Country Planning Act
Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee