Farnborough Airport inquiry delayed at last minuteBy Jack Sommers
May 13, 2010
THE inquiry into whether there should be more flights at Farnborough Airport has been delayed by a week at the last minute because the planning inspector is unavailable.
Airport owners TAG appealed against Rushmoor Borough Council’s decision to reject its application for 50,000 flights there a year, up from 28,000, and the matter was set to go before an inquiry on May 18.
But this will now start on May 26 because the inspector, Chrisopher Tipping, is not available at that time.
Legal and planning advice for the inquiry has so far cost the council £174,000. Head of planning Keith Holland said he doubt the delay would mean any extra cost.
The inquiry is set to last 28 days and will begin at 11am at the council offices in Farnborough Road.
After the inquiry, the inspector will report to the Secretaries of State for Communities and Local Government and for Transport, who will make the final decision.