Protecting our observing capability
Information and guidance for developers, including a map of consultation zones and a list of Met Office weather radar and radio sites in the UK.
The Met Office protects its operational radio interests by engaging in the formal planning consultation process.
This ensures that important national capabilities such as the UK Weather Radar Network which, are vital to the provision of meteorological services to aviation and other civil contingencies stakeholders, are not unduly compromised by development.
As a consultee in the planning system the Met Office will be consulted directly on all relevant applicable planning applications within safeguarded zones by local planning authorities.
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.
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 pre-planning advice for proposals sited in Met Office consultation zones.
UK weather radar sites
- Campar Mor-proposed radar
- Castor Bay
- Clee Hill
- Cobbacombe Cross
- Dean Hill
- Hameldon Hill
- High Moorsley
- Hill of Dudwick
- Wardon Hill
Additional Met Office radio sites
- Ablemarle - Radiosonde
- Camborne - Radiosonde
- Exeter - Satellite
- Herstmonceux - Radiosonde
- Lerwick - Radiosonde
- South Uist - Wind profiler
- Watnall - Radiosonde
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.
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 pre-planning application form to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copies of the relevant planning Directions are available below:
- Town and Country Planning (Safeguarded Meteorological Sites) (England) Direction 2014
- Town and Country Planning (Safeguarded aerodromes, technical sites, meteorological technical sites and military explosives storage areas) (Scotland) Direction 2016
- Town and Country Planning (Crug-y-Gorllwyn Technical Site) (Wales) Direction 2016