Our aerodrome safeguarding policy keeps the operation of the UK's second busiest airport safe and secure
Our policies on safeguarding
We’re legally obliged to have an active policy on aerodrome safeguarding. This helps keep the operation of the UK's second busiest airport safe and secure.
Aerodrome safeguarding is the process used to ensure the safety of aircraft while taking off and landing or flying in the vicinity of aerodromes. It is required under both the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Regulations and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Regulations.
The process is managed by our aerodrome safeguarding team. They make sure that no developments within the 15km safeguarding zone (30km for wind turbines) have an adverse effect on the airport's operation. When assessing new developments, they consider:
- Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS)
- Cranes and construction issues
- Technical safeguarding
- Renewable energy sources such as wind turbines
- Managing wildlife hazards
- Lighting schemes
- Public Safety Zones (PSZ)
- Building-induced turbulence
To learn more about this, please see the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) website.
Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL) is a statutory consultee through the Town and Country Planning process. It is consulted by the county and local planning authorities (LPAs) about certain developments within the safeguarding zones. The process is described further in DfT/ODPM Circular 01/2003.
We get a lot of consultations per year. The developments range from domestic extensions and changes of use to renewable energy schemes.
Gatwick lodges a consultation map with each LPA within the 15km safeguarding zone. These are:
- Crawley Borough Council
- Horsham District Council
- West Sussex County Council
- Tandridge District Council
- Mole Valley District Council
- Wealden District Council
- Surrey County Council
- Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
- East Sussex County Council
- Mid Sussex District Council
GAL also lodges a ‘wind turbine safeguarding map’. This covers an area out to 30km from the airport, within which we ask to see all applications that involve wind turbines.
GAL welcomes pre-application enquiries from developers and other third parties. Sometimes we may ask for changes to schemes to ensure that there will be no impact on aerodrome safety.
We will always look to work with both LPAs and developers to find suitable solutions.
If you'd like more details about this process please email us.
Airport Operators Assocation (AOA)
The AOA publish a series of advice notes about aerodrome safeguarding:
- Advice Note 1 – Aerodrome safeguarding
- Advice Note 2 – Lighting
- Advice Note 3 – Wildlife hazards
- Advice Note 4 – Cranes and other construction issues
- Advice Note 5 – Renewable energy
ODPM and DfT circular 01/2003 Safeguarding aerodromes, technical sites and military explosives storage areas direction 2002.
DfT circular 01/2010 Control of development in airport public safety zones.