TAG Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal

TAG Farnborough Airport undertook an Airspace Change Proposal with a view to introducing a new airspace design near the airport. I continued to engage with local stakeholders, the CAA and TAG over the period of consultation, representing the concerns of local residents.

Part of the engagement with the CAA and TAG was to seek greater clarity on the proposed change in flightpaths and the potential impact this may have on communities in terms of being overflown, and at what height.

The attached matrix has been put together by TAG and gives more information for the towns and villages most affected within East Hampshire. The chart includes details of the current arrival and departure flightpaths, and heights they're flown at, compared to the new flightpaths and heights proposed in the ACP.

Also attached, is a recent reply from the Minister for Aviation to a letter I sent regarding the latest ACP submitted by TAG in December 2016.


The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved the ACP in July 2018, with more detailed information at: https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Airspace/Airspace-change/Deci…


And in October 2018, Lasham Gliding Society applied for a Judicial Review of the CAA decision to approve the TAG Farnborough Airport airspace proposal. 


June 2019 - statement by Lasham Gliding Society:

"The judicial review hearing into the challenge against the CAA's decision to grant airspace to Farnborough Aerodrome concluded on Thursday. This was an important milestone in the efforts by Lasham Gliding Society, with the support of the wider general aviation community, to have the CAA's decision overturned in light of what Lasham Gliding Society considers to be a number of substantial flaws and failings in the way in which the CAA considered Farnborough's application and took its decision.  As is usual in a case of this nature, the Judge, The Hon. Mrs Justice Thornton, reserved her judgment. We expect that she will make her judgment at some point in the near future. In the meantime, we take comfort from the fact that our lawyers presented a very strong case for the CAA's decision to be overturned and await Justice Thornton's decision."


August 2019 - Judicial Review not upheld by the High Court

Mrs Justice Thornton ruled the CAA had acted rationally in approving changes, due to take effect next year, although she said the merits of its decisions were not a matter for the court. It is expected that Farnborough Airport will implement the airspace controls in February.





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East Hampshire Matrix 68.77 KB
Letter from Minister for Aviation (page 1) 1.17 MB
Letter from Minister for Aviation (page 2) 1.05 MB


TAG start new consultation on revised flightpath

Although the CAA has yet to make a final decision, TAG is now holding a further consultation on an amended part of their Airspace Change Proposal (ACP), which makes changes to a flightpath across the South Downs National Park, over Midhurst and Milland and up above Liphook.

Submission made to the Civil Aviation Authority

Damian has called on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to require TAG – the operators of Farnborough Airport - to conduct a new and more transparent consultation before resubmitting their Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) to them for consideration.