Farnborough airport's planning history

How Farnborough became a business airport and plans for the future.

Planning permission for business aviation

Planning permission was originally granted in 2000 to use the airfield site for business aviation, for work 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.

Increase in aircraft movements

In June 2009, the airport operator submitted a planning application to increase the total number of business flight movements - from 28,000 a year to a maximum of 50,000 a year.  The application also asked for an increase in the number of flight movements at weekends and on Bank Holidays - from 5,000 a year to 8,900 a year.

We refused permission for such an increase, but the airport operator appealed successfully and in February 2011, the government granted permission, allowing the increase to go ahead.  The appeal decisions are set out below:

pdf icon Decision from the Secretary of State - 10 February 2011 [541kb]

pdf icon Report to the Secretaries of State - 16 September 2010 [1Mb]

This increase to 50,000 movements per year is phased up until 2019.  The table below shows the allowed increases in flight movements per year and the actual figures recorded:

YearTotal permitted business flight movementsSubtotal permitted at weekendsTotal actual movementsActual movements at weekends

You can find further details about business flight movements within the Environment Reports submitted by the airport operator and they are available on our Airport monitoring page, or from the Information Reports on the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee website.

Detailed background on the airport's planning history and appeals

To see documentation relating to the airport's planning history and appeals in full, visit the Online planning application search website.

Masterplan for Farnborough Airport

A masterplan for the airport has been prepared, 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.

This work has helped, but is completely separate from our own work in planning for the future of the airport and the surrounding areas.

You can view the Farnborough airport master plan on the airport operators website.

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