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Edinburgh Airport masterplan

The Edinburgh Airport Masterplan 2011 was produced after consideration of all the views and comments received during an extensive national consultation which ran from January to April 2011.

The Masterplan highlights how we aim to grow and develop the airport responsibly over a 30 year period whilst improving the experience for our passengers and enhancing the contribution Edinburgh Airport makes to the regional and national economy. The document along with the associate maps and a summary version can be viewed via the following links:

Masterplan (PDF format)

Summary version (PDF format)

Relevant maps (PDF format)

A consultation analysis report detailing all comments received and our response to these is available via the following link:

Masterplan Consultation Report (PDF format)

A larger scale snapshot of the cargo area to the east of the Airport boundary in Map 4 (2040 Indicative land use) is here:

Masterplan Map 4a (PDF format)

Within our masterplan we committed to producing an annual development statement for Edinburgh Airport.  The 2011 statement is available via the following link:

Annual Development Statement (PDF format)

Property Market Support Bond

The UK Government White Paper, “The Future of Air Transport” (December 2003), asked airport operators to produce a non-statutory voluntary scheme to protect the properties located next to an airport against the potential reduction of property values arising from future airport development plans. Detail of Edinburgh Airport’s Property Market Support Bond is available via the following link:

Property Market Support Bond 2012 (PDF format)

Airports Commission submission

Airports Commission submission (PDF format)

Airport Surface Access Strategy

Edinburgh Airport has now published its Airport Surface Access Strategy (ASAS) 2012. The ASAS can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

ASAS 2012 covers the period until 2017, and sets out Edinburgh Airport’s surface access aims and objectives for the next five years. A new challenging target has been set of 35% of departing passengers using public transport to access the airport, by 2017. Vehicle access journeys can contribute to roads congestion and impact on air quality around the airport; Edinburgh Airport therefore aims to encourage the use of public and sustainable forms of transport in order to minimise the number of vehicle access journeys undertaken.

Airport Surface Access Strategy ASAS 2012 (PDF format)

ASAS Consultation Responses 2012 (PDF format)




Aerodrome Safeguarding

Edinburgh Airport has a responsibility to ensure the safe and efficient operation of aircraft landing, taking off and flying in the vicinity of the airfield and the Aerodrome Safeguarding process is designed to minimise or eliminate the associated risks. Certain types of development may have a negative impact on the operation of the airfield, including tall structures, cranes, wind turbines and developments with the potential to increase the bird strike risk.

Therefore, in summary Aerodrome Safeguarding is intended to:

  • Protect visual and instrument flight paths
  • Protect radar and other electronic aids to air navigation
  • Protect visual aids, such as airfield lighting, from obstructions
  • Reduce the hazard from bird strikes

Edinburgh Airport is a statutory consultee in the planning system and Planning Authorities are obliged to consult with the airport on any proposal that may have an impact on the airport. Safeguarding maps are lodged with the surrounding Planning Authorities and this provides guidance to Planning Authorities as to when the airport must be consulted.

In addition to this the airport must be consulted on any wind turbine proposal within a 30km radius. As well as the potential height issue, wind turbines can interfere with radar and navigation systems and it is essential that the airport is consulted.

Upon receipt of a planning application an assessment is made against the following criteria:

13km bird circle

Bird strikes to aircraft are one of the biggest operational risks for airports and significant investment is made by Edinburgh Airport to combat the risk both on and off the airfield. The CAA estimates that in the UK 99% of bird strikes occur when an aircraft is below a height of 2000ft. This is the height at which most aircraft are on take-off or descent within this circle. The safeguarding process can help to reduce the risk further by ensuring development with the 13km circle is designed to minimise bird attractants around the airfield.

Planning applications within the 13km bird circle are assessed to ensure they do not create an additional bird strike risk. Types of development of concern are buildings with large flat roofs, developments with significant areas of landscaping and SUDS proposals.

However, there are developments outside the 13km circle that we may also be interested in commenting on where a bird strike risk has been identified. Certain developments may attract birds from further afield but use a flight line through the 13km bird circle at a height that could pose a risk to aircraft. For instance, certain species of gulls can travel for up to 40km to locate food sources and this may involve them transiting across or near to the airfield.

15km Obstacle Limitation Surface

Airfields are protected by a series of complex 3-dimensional surfaces extending upwards and outwards from the runway up to 15km from the airport and these are designed to protect aircraft from obstacles when flying in the vicinity of the airfield.

The airport will assess planning applications to ensure that development does not infringe these surfaces and impact on the operation of the airfield. The airport is obliged to protect these surfaces from infringements as part of the Aerodrome Licence requirements stipulated by the CAA.

30km wind turbine consultation zone

Edinburgh Airport must be consulted on wind turbine developments within a 30km radius of the airport. Wind turbine blades can interfere with radar systems and all applications within this zone must be assessed in order to minimise the risks. Wind turbine applications will be assessed against both the obstacle limitation surfaces and also the impacts on radar and navigational equipment. The airport will work with our air traffic service provider, NATS, to determine the impact of specific developments and investigate possible solutions.

6km Crane Circle

In addition to the above criteria the use of cranes is strictly controlled within a 6km radius of the airport. Cranes and other items of construction equipment are not usually subject to the planning application process, unless this aspect is made a Condition of the Planning Permission for the development. In addition, cranes may be required for other purposes not involving new developments, such as maintenance and repair of existing structures.

Edinburgh Airport has a crane authorisation process involving the issue of Permits which is administered by the Airside Operations Department covering both cranes on the airport and in the area covered by the British Standard - British Standard Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Cranes (BS 7121: Part 1).

The following is an extract from the Standard:

9.3.3 Crane control in the vicinity of aerodromes/airfields. The appointed person should consult the aerodrome/airfield manager for permission to work if a crane is to be used within 6km of the aerodrome/airfield and its height exceeds 10m or that of the surrounding structures or trees.

NOTE: The Air Navigation Order makes it an offence to act recklessly or negligently in a manner likely to endanger aircraft.

Please see below for a copy of the Authorisation Permit for Cranes – this MUST be completed in full and submitted to the Airside Operations Supervisor for authorisation prior to the erection of any crane within 6km of Edinburgh Airport.

Crane Permit Application Form

The airport is happy to offer a limited amount of pre-application advice. For more significant work there may be costs However, in the first instances, safeguarding issues relating to Edinburgh Airport should be directed to: edicommunications@edinburghairport.com

Further information

For further information on safeguarding please find below links to the relevant legislation and other general information:

CAA Publications

The following documents are the most relevant to Aerodrome Safeguarding and can be found from the following link:

CAA Publications

  • CAP168 - Licensing of Aerodromes
  • CAPP232 – Aerodrome Survey Information
  • CAP738 - Safeguarding of Aerodromes
  • CAP764 - CAA Policy and Guidelines on Wind Turbines
  • CAP772 - Birdstrike Risk Management for Aerodromes

Scottish Government Publications

Planning Circular 2/03 - Safeguarding of Aerodromes, Technical Sites and Military Explosives Storage Areas

Airport Operators Association

Safeguarding Advice Notes