We are responsible for dealing with the land use development requirements and issues associated with the implementation of telecommunication installations, such as masts and associated equipment, for the provision of telecommunications networks in our area.
The national planning regulations relating to this type of development are quite complex, and this guidance is offered primarily for the benefit of our residents, as an aid to understanding these controls and the way in which we give consideration to such development proposals. This guidance has been developed as part of our response to the recommendations made by Local Government Ombudsman in the Special Report -Telecommunications masts: problems with ‘prior approval’ applications.
Some, but not all masts and antennae require planning permission. Applications that need planning permission are dealt with under the normal planning procedures and planning policy relevant to the installation of telecommunications equipment.
Further to this, the Government has given licensed telecommunications operators permitted development rights to carry out certain types of smaller scale telecommunications development without the need to make a planning application.
We have a role to help facilitate the provision of telecoms infrastructure development whilst ensuring that any issues regarding their impact are fully taken into account by operators and us in our assessment of proposals. We have a role both as the landowner of potential sites and as the Local Planning Authority.
For our area telecommunication information is coordinated by a single team within Development Services. For further details regarding telecoms information please contact us.