Met Office Safeguarding


The Met Office undertakes safeguarding activities in order to protect its operational radio interests.

The Met Office engages in the formal planning consultation process on development proposals in collaboration with the MOD Defence Infrastructure Organisation  (DIO).

This ensures that important national capabilities such as the UK Weather Radar Network and other operational meteorological radio uses (eg - satellite direct reception) vital to the provision of meteorological services to aviation and other civil contingencies stakeholders are not unduly compromised by development.

Wind turbines, in particular, have been shown to have the potential to adversely impact meteorological radio facilities, especially weather radar, if not sited with careful prior consideration. More information on what facilities the Met Office operates, impacts to our operations and how consultation by developers can help to mitigate such problems can be found in the guidance document Safeguarding Our Observations: Met Office guidelines for wind farm developers.

Safeguarding our Observations Safeguarding our Observations (PDF, 1 MB) MOD Defence Infrastructure Organisation

The Met Office is strongly supportive of cross-government activities to meet renewable energy targets and looks to work with developers to help achieve those aims where possible.

Maps of consultation zones

To aid the decision making of developers, we provide site-specific information for Met Office consultation zones.

UK weather radar sites

UK Weather Radar Network Consultation Zones UK Weather Radar Network Consultation Zones

Additional Met Office radio sites

Additional Met Office Radio Site Consultation Zones Additional Met Office Radio Site Consultation Zones

Contact information

Contact Us

The Met Office strongly encourages developers to consult with us at the earliest possible stage and maintain contact throughout the process, so that we may work with the developer and ensure that any concerns can be addressed and overcome where possible.

From the 27th March 2015, the Safeguarding Meteorological Sites Direction 2014 Town & Country Planning (Safeguarded Meteorological Sites) (England) Direction 2014 (PDF, 2 MB) came into force confirming the Met Office status as a Statutory Consultee within the planning system, and as such, will be consulted on all applicable planning applications within safeguarded zones. Local planning authorities will consult with the Met Office directly in England, however, during a transitional period, local planning authorities will continue to consult Met Office via MOD Safeguarding for proposals in Scotland and Wales.

Developers can get free pre-planning advice for proposals within the Met Office consultation zones. Please refer to the PDF safeguarded zone maps above, and if you believe your proposal is within a particular zone then forward the  Safeguarding Pre_Planning Application Form pre-planning application form (PDF, 482 kB)  to Please note, pre-planning discussions with the Met Office do not remove the need for full and proper engagement with the planning system.

For general enquiries relating to proposed planning applications that may affect Met Office safeguarded sites, please direct all correspondence to:

Met Office Safeguarding,
Property Management,
Met Office,
Fitzroy Road,

Telephone: 0370 900 0100

Fax: 0370 900 5050



Pre-application advice form

  1. Contact details
  2. Buildings or other structure details
    1. Information for buildings or other structures, such as electricity pylons, towers only
  3. Windfarm details
    1. Information for windfarm only
  4. Grid reference for each turbine

Last updated: 5 November 2015