Friday, 11 May 2007

TAG weekend flying appeal

Government may not decide TAG appeal until October

The Government have confirmed that a decision on the planning appeal by TAG to increase the number of flights at Farnborough Airport over weekends and Bank Holidays may not be made for over five months.

In a recent letter from the Planning Inspectorate, the government agency responsible for appeals, it stated that the Inspector was preparing his report and recommendation for submission to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for her consideration. The letter to Rushmoor Borough Council went on to confirm that the Secretary of State will issue her decision on or before 31 October 2007.

TAG lodged its appeal against Rushmoor Council’s decision last June to refuse permission to increase the number of permitted movements at the Airport at weekends and on Bank Holidays from 2,500 a year to 5,000 a year.

The public inquiry was opened in January by Inspector Ken Smith who sat for a week listening to the Council’s case, and then adjourned the hearing until April, when it sat for a further week to hear the appellant’s case. Local residents also had the opportunity to put their views to the Inspector.

The Planning Inspectorate will send a copy of the appeal decision to those who ask for one in writing to Room 4/04 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN quoting the reference APP/P1750/A/06/2024640/NWF or by sending an email to

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