In November 2018, on behalf of Gulfstream Aerospace Ltd, Quod secured full planning permission for the construction of a new 21,500 sq m hangar for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft, with associated works, at TAG Farnborough Airport. Gulfstream are headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, USA and are the world leader in designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing elite business jet aircraft. This consent allows Gulfstream to provide a state-of-the-art hangar to update and expand their UK and European operations.
The project had a number of policy challenges, with the Site initially lying outside of the Airport Planning Policy Boundary. Working alongside TAG Airport Farnborough, and with Rushmoor Borough Council, applications were submitted to change the use of the land to Airport Use which in turn provided a number of permitted development rights), ahead of Quod submitting an application for the new MRO Hangar.
Quod’s Environmental Planning Team also provided expert input into sensitive issues around the site, including ecology, noise and air quality, assisting in reaching a prompt decision on the application.
Quod worked closely with the client, the project team and with officers at Rushmoor and Hampshire to get to Committee only 9 weeks after submission, and just 5 months after Quod’s instruction – allowing work on the new hangar to start, on programme, in early 2019.