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Health considerations

Our current position reflects that of national guidance in PPG8 and that whilst health can be a material consideration, it needs to be considered in the context of government advice.

Government advice states:

“the planning system is not the place for determining health safeguards. It remains central Government’s responsibility to decide what measures are necessary to protect public health. In the Government’s view, if a proposed development meets the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection) guidelines for public exposure, it should not be necessary for a local planning authority, in processing an application for planning permission or prior approval, to consider further the health aspects and concerns about them.”

The Stewart Report

The results of an investigation undertaken by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones, chaired by Sir William Stewart (known as the Stewart Group), were published in a report entitled “Mobile Phones and Health” (May 2000). With regard to mobile phone base stations, the report states:

“the balance of evidence indicates that there is no general risk to the health of people living near to base stations on the basis that exposures are expected to be small fractions of the guidelines. However, there can be indirect adverse effects on their well-being in some areas”.

Health considerations associated with telecommunications development will be weighed up in accordance with government advice.

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