JODRELL BANK Observatory’s 6 mile Consultation Zone:
“Planning applications for developments within this Zone are referred to the Observatory, which may object if the proposed development is likely to degrade the performance of its telescopes.
A steady growth in the use of consumer products which generate radio emissions, either deliberately (mobile phones, wireless intruder alarms, etc) or as a by-product of their operation (computers, microwave ovens, etc) has made the protection afforded by the Consultation Zone increasingly important in recent years. “ Prof. Simon Garrington
But, it has to be said, JBO are at the forefront of Astrophysics – world leaders in the research of quasars, pulsars, gravitational lensing and in the development of interferometry – they are not planning consultants. Within the 6 mile Consultation Zone they try to be accommodating and suggest suitable building materials if a proposal is not too threatening to their research [due to existing shielding from houses or topography or distance]. But surely if they object to a development within their 6 mile Consultation Zone then that development should be refused.