Planning Applications 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 the airport. 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 interested parties.
An Independent Consultative Committee established by TAG Farnborough in accordance with a Section 106 agreement of the Town and Country Planning Act The FACC website is independently administered