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Consultation and publicity

We have procedures in place for the publicity and consultation of telecommunications development, as set out in our Statement of Community Involvement.

1. Planning applications:

Telecommunications development requiring planning permission is subject to the same minimum consultation methods applicable to the major development category of development. These requirements reflect our own undertaking on the consultation process. These categories of consultation requirements are explained in more detail in the Statement of Community Involvement, however they include:

  • press advert
  • site notice
  • parish council
  • ward councillor(s)
  • neighbours within 100 metres of proposal
  • schools within 400 metres of proposal

 

The standard consultation period is 21 days. Consultation periods are specified in order to allow for the timely consideration of telecoms development, in accordance with the prescribed periods for determination. In each case the consultation will be undertaken upon registration and will provide a date by which responses are expected to be received in order that they may be taken into account during the consideration of the proposal.

2. Permitted development:

As there is no statutory requirement to provide information to us for development permitted under the GDPO, there are no details subject to publicity or consultation. However, the developer is obliged under Regulation 5 of the Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) Regulations 2003 to notify the local planning authority in writing of the intention to install telecommunications apparatus. This is also reflected in the Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development which suggests that operators should notify the local authority of the installation of telecoms equipment. The landowners themselves should have been consulted by the telecoms operators.

3. Prior notifications:

Specific minimum consultation requirements are provided for prior notifications for telecommunications development and they are subject to the same minimum consultation requirements to the major development category of development. These requirements reflect our own undertaking on the consultation process. These categories of consultation requirements are explained in more detail in the Statement of Community Involvement, however they include:

  • press advert
  • site notice
  • parish council
  • ward councillor(s)
  • neighbours within 100 metres of proposal
  • schools within 400 metres of proposal

The standard consultation period is 21 days. Prior notification applications that require prior approval are required to be determined within 56 days after which time, if a decision has not been issued, consent will have been deemed to have been granted, by default. Proposals will not necessarily always go to full committee for determination, particularly if it means they would go out of time and therefore be deemed to be granted. We therefore stress the importance of responding to telecoms development consultations within the given timescale, however, where practical, representations received after the published closing date will automatically be forwarded to the case officer and may still be taken into account particularly where a full report has not been drafted or a subsequent decision has not been issued, provided it would not affect the issuing of a decision within the prescribed 56 day period.

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