TAG Farnborough Airport proposals

TAG Farnborough Airport has recently engaged in a community and stakeholder consultation on its plans to secure additional ‘controlled airspace’ to enable it to improve its efficiency of operation and to make optimum use of its current planning permission which allows for up to 50 000 air traffic movements per annum.

Under these proposals aircraft leaving the runway will be required to fly on a south westerly trajectory over the A31, Ropley and the Alresford’s before banking north or south between New Alresford and Winchester at altitudes of between 5000 and above 7000 feet above mean sea level.

At these altitudes Winchester City Council does not expect these aircraft to present significant noise levels to communities on the ground. However it accepts that under these proposals additional aircraft will present cause for concern to the communities of Ropley and Alresford. As such Winchester has submitted a consultation submission outlining its position and which makes four recommendations. These are:

  • To consider routing TAG Farnborough traffic along a revised corridor to the south of Ropley and Alresford;
  • This route must be enshrined within a robust agreement, to include measures for
    compliance and the methodology for any proposal to change or amend this routing.
  • Given the proposals to overfly the Winchester District, that WCC as a stakeholder must be allocated a seat on the TAG Farnborough Airport Consultative Committee.
  • That TAG Farnborough gives consideration to making better use of the design and performance of modern aircraft to gain greater altitude faster.

To view the full submission please download the document below.

TAG Farnborough Consultation – The current position since 29 August 2014

Further to Winchester City Council’s consultation response for the proposals by TAG Farnborough to increase its operational airspace and the closure of the overall stakeholder consultation process back on the 12 May, the report collating the findings of the consultation can now be found on the TAG Farnborough Web pages.


Overall the consultation generated some 13000 comments from 2500 stakeholders, and which included over 700 documents. Broadly the consultees were from aviation and community stakeholders, with concerns over access to airspace, safety presented by ‘compressed’ available airspace, environmental noise and the overall justification for the proposed changes. The vast majority of consultation responses received were heavily weighted towards a negative view, in response to the proposals.

TAG Farnborough have taken into consideration these consultation submissions and will seek to refine their proposals in the expectation that they can mitigate many of the concerns raised. This will in many cases nessessite engagement with some of the stakeholders and the resubmission of their refined proposals for further consultation as per Civil Aviation requirements.

The details of the amended proposals are expected in the first quarter of 2015.