Fairoaks Airport under threat… again

Fairoaks Airport in Surrey is facing a new challenge from property developers just two years after beating off a plan to build a garden village on the site.

Westcore Europe, a property developer which manages some of the buildings at Fairoaks, is reported as leasing the tower and some office and hangar space to a film set company already based at the airport.

Tower staff and owners with aircraft in the hangar, have been told to vacate by the end of February 2022 though we understand that negotiations are continuing.

Fairoaks Airport lies within the London TMA so some form of tower is required by the CAA. It’s also one of the few airports in the south with a hard runway and hangar space, meaning it’s going to be difficult for aircraft owners to relocate.

It appears the airport management is considering other ways to supply the tower function, possibly by erecting a temporary tower on the apron.

However, critics of the idea have told FLYER that there will be a loss of hangar revenue with aircraft owners leaving, loss of fuel income, and the suspicion is that the airport is being rundown deliberately.

FLYER has contacted Westcore Europe for a briefing on its plans for the airport, but nothing is so far forthcoming.

We also understand that the CAA’s new Airfield Advisory Team, set up by Secretary of State Grant Shapps, has also been contacted. The AAT has already intervened in the planning application to build on Coventry Airport.

Fairoaks Airport

Comments

  1. Airfields have been incorrectly classed as ‘brownfield sites’ and are therefore more than ever in the sights of housing developers. The Government is (correctly) starting to prioritise building on brownfield, but few realise this specifically includes airfields.

  2. And so it goes on. The government says it wants the UK to be number one in the world for aviation. Funny way of going about it. No building on airfields. End of!

  3. Maybe pedantic, but surprised an aviation mag got this bit wrong,
    “Fairoaks Airport lies within the London TMA” . It is in the Heathrow CTR, although only approx half the ATZ is.

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