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Plan to increase flights rejected
New terminal at Farnborough Airport
The airport's new 10.2m terminal was opened in May
Plans to increase the number of flights from a Hampshire airport have been rejected by councillors.

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

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

The application was refused at a planning meeting on Tuesday but the company said it may appeal.

Sir Donald Spiers, of TAG Aviation, said: "TAG is disappointed by the decision of the Development Control Committee, particularly since the airfield operation provides such significant economic benefit to the area.

"We shall therefore now consider the options open to us."

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

TAG Aviation had wanted to increase the number of permitted take-offs and landings at the airport at weekends and on bank holidays from 2,500 a year to 5,000 a year.

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."

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