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.
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.
To aid the decision making of developers, we provide site-specific information for Met Office consultation zones.
UK Weather Radar Network Consultation Zones Enlarge
Additional Met Office Radio Site Consultation Zones Enlarge
The Met Office strongly encourages developers to consult with us (through DIO pre-planning) 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.*Please note that the normal MOD pre-planning service is currently suspended. In the interim period until MOD pre-planning is able to be restored, it will however be possible to directly refer relevant pre-planning applications on Met Office safeguarding zones directly to the Met Office. Please refer to the attached PDF safeguarded zone maps above and if you believe your proposal to fall within a particular zone then forward the relevant information (PDF, 39 kB) to email@example.com. Please note that pre-planning feedback will only be given on Met Office safeguarded zones, no opinion will be offered on wider MOD assets.
For general enquiries relating to proposed planning applications that may affect Met Office safeguarded sites, please continue to forward all other correspondence to:
Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Telephone: 0121 311 3781
Fax: 0121 311 2218
General information on how to engage in the pre-planning process is available from MOD Safeguarding.