Wednesday, 17 June 2009

MP on TAG Airport application

Gerald Howarth MP calls for needs of local residents to be balanced against the economic case for expansion at Farnborough Airport

TAG’s planning application to increase over time the number of movements at Farnborough has been expected for some weeks.

Responsibility for deciding on the application rests with the local planning authority, Rushmoor Borough Council. I am sure they will want to weigh very carefully the economic benefits to the Farnborough area (as well as to the wider South East England) identified by the Planning Inspector who last year approved the increase in weekend movements, against the undoubted concerns of some of those local residents immediately affected by operations at Farnborough, particularly regarding weekend movements.

I believe they will need to be persuaded that TAG has made a strong business case, especially at a time when the economy is experiencing the worst recession in living memory.

Although Members of Parliament have no formal role in planning matters, I take a keen interest in major issues affecting the Aldershot constituency, such as Pyestock, the Aldershot Urban Extension and the Farnborough Aerodrome, and I shall be pleased to receive any representations from constituents who can write to me at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA, or email me at

16th June 2009

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