Flying Drones in London Boroughs (and surrounds)

Just a quick post about the different rules for flying drones around London.

Remember, always check for no-fly zones, airports, and obey all other rules.

These rules largely concern parks and other open spaces. It can be difficult to determine where the rules apply to.

London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames – Limited

According to the Public Spaces Protection Order 2020 (page 4), you can’t fly without express prior consent.

There is an area in Richmond Park (which is a Royal Park, and handled differently) where you can fly.

London Borough of Ealing – Limited

According to the park bylaws (page 7), no person may fly.

However, on this page, it is said you can contact parks for permission. They OKed this last year.

London Borough of Hounslow – Free

According to the park byelaws (page 7), restrictions only apply to aircraft driven by “petrol vapour other combustible vapour or other combustible substances”. Electric motors are not covered.

Remember Heathrow’s FRZ is partially in Hounslow – make sure to check using Drone Assist or whichever tool you normally use.

I have been hassled by people claiming I am flying close to the planes, but I’m not sure they understand how different 60m is to 2000ft.

London Borough of Brent – Limited

The Public Spaces Protection Order seems to contain rules preventing flying without written consent. I can’t find a direct link to the PSPO but I can find reference (page 12) to it.

Hampstead Heath – No

This is managed by City of London, and they are classifying it as a congested area, so a no-go. This seems an odd way to do it.

Bracknell Forest Council – Limited

According to their website, you need permission to fly in their parks and open spaces. This looks like it is permitted on a per-flight basis and would be awkward for any hobbyist flying.

National Trust – No

The National Trust prohibit all flying, including overflight. The claim is that these byelaws allow them to prevent overflight, but this seems dubious at best. I do not believe this has been legally tested and would be cautious.



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