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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Weekend flights plan considered
Plane taking off at Farnborough Airport
The airport's new 10.2m terminal was opened in May
Controversial plans to increase the number of flights from a Hampshire airport are being considered.

TAG Aviation, the company which runs Farnborough Airport, wants to double the number of take-offs and landings on bank holidays and weekends.

Thousands of local people have contacted Rushmoor Borough Council to object to the proposals.

Due to the high levels of interest the council is going to broadcast Tuesday's planning meeting on the internet.

There are a number of areas of concern which we believe we have gone some way to addressing
Sir Donald Spiers

TAG Aviation is looking for permission to increase the number of permitted movements (take-offs and landings) at the airport at weekends and on bank holidays from 2,500 a year to 5,000 a year.

The council has recommended that planning permission be declined.

Keith Holland, head of planning services, said the "application did not achieve an appropriate balance between the impact of increased flying on the environment and the economic benefits for Rushmoor".

He added: "It was also felt that it would have a negative impact on the lives of people living near the airfield who would experience increased noise and disturbance at a time when they are most likely to be at home."

'Areas of concern'

The company has attempted to allay fears over the weekend flights by offering to limit the number of large planes, reduce ground noise and smells and review the flight path.

Sir Donald Spiers, of TAG Aviation, said: "There are a number of areas of concern which we believe we have gone some way to addressing.

"This will be an ongoing process of improvement and we will work hard to improve relationships with neighbouring communities."

To deal with the public interest in the planning meeting extra rooms will be opened up at the council offices in Farnborough and the debate will be broadcast as a webcast on the council's website.


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