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MORE noise pollution over Hampshire and the South Downs National Park is likely if an airport expands, a council has warned.

East Hampshire District Council has expressed concerns about a plan to increase the amount of airspace controlled by an airport in Farnborough.

TAG Farnborough has applied to increase its airspace in order to make the airport more efficient.

It is feared the change could have a serious impact on villages and towns in East Hampshire, particularly in terms of noise from low-flying aircraft.

If the proposals are permitted by the Civil Aviation Authority, the airport’s increased airspace could force other air traffic to fly lower, causing more noise pollution over Hampshire and the National Park.

Councillor Julia Potter, in charge of planning, said: ‘East Hampshire District Council is looking at this issue closely and preparing a response to the consultation.’

Visit consultation.tagfarnborough.com.