Airport safeguarding is a process that is established to ensure that aircraft taking off, landing or flying in the vicinity of an airport can do so safely and that all appropriate measures have taken place – from a safeguarding perspective – to secure this safety.

Airport safeguarding functions have several aspects including:

  • Technical safeguarding
  • Airport navigational equipment
  • Physical safeguarding

Cranfield Airport have site-specific safeguarding maps that are lodged with five local planning authorities namely Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Milton Keynes Council, Aylesbury Vale Council and Northamptonshire Council.  The maps have been produced and distributed to indicate to a Local Planning Authority the types of development where consultation with Cranfield Airport is required.

Cranfield Airport Safeguarding Policy, November 2017.

For more information refer to:

ANO1 – Safeguarding of Aerodromes – an overview 2016

AN02 – Lighting near Aerodromes 2016

AN03 – Wildlife hazards around Aerodromes 2016

AN04 – Cranes and Other Construction Issues 2016

AN05 – Renewable Energy and Impact on Aviation 2016

Crane Operators Permit

Crane Operations Permit – Application Form

Please complete the form and return it to

Further Queries?

Cranfield Airport would strongly advise developers and others proposing a development within our safeguarded area to talk to us before finalising proposals and submitting planning applications to the Local Planning Authorities.

If you would like to contact us, please don’t hesitate to contact Jo Bampton – Airport Manager at

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