The Trust’s policy on the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones as they are more commonly known, is currently as follows. However, it is also in the context of changes to legislation announced by the government in May 2018 to tighten the rules on the registration and use of drones. The operation of all drones is governed legally by the Air Navigation Order 2016, The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 and guidance issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) does not permit any drone flights to be undertaken from any of its sites without operators having the required qualifications together with a time and date specific licence issued by us.
The use of drones is regulated by the CAA and any complaints or concerns regarding safety and privacy involving the misuse of drones are investigated by the police.
If drones are flown over TCCT property from outside its boundaries, the legal restrictions still apply.
We do not allow unauthorised drone flying from any TCCT land for the following reasons:
The only exception would be made for contractors or staff that satisfy the stringent CAA criteria, have specific insurances and have been commissioned or authorised by the Trust for a specific purpose and in these cases the activity is strictly controlled.
Regulations and guidance on drone flights is rapidly developing and we will continue to review our policy in line with new developments and recommendations.