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Publication - Consultation Responses

Relaxation of planning controls for digital communications infrastructure: consultation responses

Published: 25 May 2017
Part of:
Building, planning and design, Economy, Research
ISBN:
9781786529589

Analysis of responses to public consultation on digital infrastructure (e.g. phone masts, street cabinets and antennas).

32 page PDF

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32 page PDF

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Relaxation of planning controls for digital communications infrastructure: consultation responses
Footnotes

32 page PDF

415.4kB

Footnotes

1. The 'designated areas' in relation to which these particular PD rights are more restricted are currently: conservation areas; historic battlefields; category A listed buildings and scheduled monuments and the settings of such buildings and monuments; historic gardens and designed landscapes; national scenic areas; national parks; sites of special scientific interest and European sites.

2. Communications is a reserved matter for the UK Parliament and Government, while Town and Country Planning is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and Government.

3. A legal concept that the law does not bother with trifles. In effect industry is arguing that whilst small cell infrastructure may technically be 'development' requiring planning permission, it is of so little consequence, in planning terms, the planning system should just ignore it. However, in planning the use of this concept depends on the specific circumstances of the case. TV aerials are an example of where this concept is generally applied.

4. Requirements in the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 for an appraisal as to whether an appropriate assessment is required for proposals in European sites.


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