Media release - issued 13 Nov 2018

Council approves new Gulfstream service centre

Considerable investment and up to 500 jobs will be coming to Rushmoor after the council approved plans for a new service centre for business aircraft in Farnborough for leading aerospace company Gulfstream.

The new, 21,000 square metre purpose-built maintenance, repair and overhaul centre at TAG Farnborough Airport is expected to be open by June 2020 and will provide Gulfstream with a new service centre for Europe, with office space, parking, workshops and a hangar able to accommodate 13 business jets.  The whole site comprises 8.9 hectares of land in the north-east corner of the airport. Building work is expected to begin in April next year.

Members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Development Management Committee approved the plans at a meeting on Wednesday 7 November.

Once fully-operational, the total number of annual business aviation movements at TAG Farnborough would be up to approximately 29,000, well within the permitted 50,000 movements.  As at present, flying times would also be restricted to between 7am and 10pm on week days and 8am to 8pm at weekends and on bank holidays.

As part of the planning consent, the council has asked Gulfstream to draw up a noise management plan to protect workers on the nearby Farnborough Business Park. Construction work will only take place during restricted hours.

Gulfstream, whose headquarters are in Georgia in the USA, is regarded as a world leader in designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing business jets and employs more than 17,000 people worldwide.

After a competitive bidding process, the company announced it  had chosen Farnborough as a London gateway airport, dedicated exclusively to business aviation, because it offered facilities that complemented its brand and provided the capacity to support its current plans and continued growth. Gulfstream was also attracted to Rushmoor because of the high number of skilled, former armed forces workers living in the area

In September, the council's Cabinet agreed a package of support measures that included a grant of £100,000, matched by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Hampshire County Council and Gulfstream for training, development and relocation services.

Gulfstream will also receive business rate relief up to the national maximum of £180,000 over three years once the new centre is open.

Councillor Barbara Hurst, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Planning and Economy, said: "We are really looking forward to welcoming Gulfstream to Rushmoor. This is great news for the local economy and employment and it strengthens the town's growing international reputation in business aviation.

"Gulfstream will join a thriving business community in Farnborough that already includes a number of top global brands."


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