Council demands clarity on Farnborough Airport plans

East Hampshire District Council is demanding more information about plans to alter the airspace around TAG Farnborough Airport.

Councillors expressed their deep concerns about the noise and environmental impact of proposals that would lead to more planes flying lower over parts of East Hampshire.

During a debate at Full Council, on Thursday 22 September, councillors said they needed more information from TAG, the company that runs Farnborough airport, detailing noise levels and pollution.

Such is their concern EHDC Leader, Cllr Ferris Cowper, and East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds, have asked to meet with the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss the plans.

Cllr Cowper said: “The proposals represent an unacceptable intrusion into the right for a peaceful existence.”

The new air routes would funnel traffic to and from Farnborough Airport over parts of the district, with Liss, Liphook and Grayshott most at risk from increased noise levels.

The plans would also threaten the future of Lasham Gliding Society, the largest such organisation in the country, which operates from Lasham Airfield.

East Hampshire District Council’s Cabinet will discuss the issue further when more information can be obtained.