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Publication - Consultation Paper

Digital communications infrastructure: planning consultation

Published: 10 Aug 2016
Part of:
Building, planning and design
ISBN:
9781786523815

Consultation on proposed changes to planning legislation on electronic communications infrastructure (e.g. masts, cabinets and antennas).

56 page PDF

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56 page PDF

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Contents
Digital communications infrastructure: planning consultation
Annex C

56 page PDF

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Annex C

Partial Equality Impact Assessment RecordECORD

Title of policy/ practice/ strategy/ legislation etc. Consultation on the relaxation of Planning Controls for Digital Communications Infrastructure
Minister Minister for Local Government and Housing
Lead official David Reekie
Officials involved in the EQIA name team
 
Directorate: Division: Team Directorate for Local Government & Communities: Planning & Architecture Division: Development Management Branch
Is this new policy or revision to an existing policy? Revision to existing

Screening

Policy Aim

This consultation invites views specifically on the further expansion of certain existing PD rights for Electronic Communications Code Operators ( ECCOs), as well as on the introduction of new PD rights for the construction or installation of new ground based masts for ECCOs, subject to a prior approval procedure.

The consultation includes draft legislation setting out a number of proposed refinements and amendments to Class 67 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1997 ( GPDO). Class 67 grants permitted development rights for electronic communications code operators to carry out works or operations associated with providing that electronic communications code operators network. The purpose is to remove the need for certain developments to be subject to unnecessary costs and delays while retaining appropriate control over such development.

This work contributes to the delivery of the following National Outcomes;
National Outcome 1 - We live in a Scotland that is the most attractive place for doing business in Europe.
National Outcome 10 - We live in well-designed sustainable places where we are able to access the amenities and services we need.

Who will it affect?

There will primarily be a reduction of some procedural and financial burdens on planning authorities and electronic communications code operators. There will be benefits for the wider community in improved access to digital technology such as broadband.

What might prevent the desired outcomes being achieved?

While the planning system can seek to contribute to delivering an improved telecommunications network by addressing unnecessary delay and uncertainty within the planning system, other factors which planning has no control over may impact on development.

Stage 1: Framing

Results of framing exercise

There will be potential benefits of the policy on each of the protected characteristics through improved access to electronic communications. There may however be some potential negative impact on older people and disabled people as they are less likely to have access to or have the skills for using the internet.

The proposals will affect all businesses seeking approval of a relevant planning application proportionately.

Extent/Level of EQIA required

Further information and views are being sought through public consultation. Subject to consultation responses, we believe that we have sufficient information to understand the needs of the target audience.

Stage 2: Data and evidence gathering, involvement and consultation

Include here the results of your evidence gathering (including framing exercise), including qualitative and quantitative data and the source of that information, whether national statistics, surveys or consultations with relevant equality groups.

Characteristic Evidence gathered and Strength/quality of evidence Source Data gaps identified and action taken
Age While it is considered that there will be potential benefits of the policy on each of the protected characteristics through improved access to electronic communications, there may however be some potential negative impact on older people as they are less likely to have access to or have the skills for using the internet. Previous EqIA undertaken for National Planning Framework ( NPF 3) identified that the Scottish Government Digital Strategy may impact negatively on older people We do not have up to date evidence that there is in fact a negative impact - will seek views during public consultation.
Disability There may be some potential negative impact on disabled people as they are less likely to have access to or have the skills for using the internet. No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Sex No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Pregnancy and Maternity No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Gender Reassignment No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Sexual Orientation No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Race No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation
Religion or Belief No evidence available - will seek views during public consultation

Contact

Email: Alan Cameron planningandcommunications2016@gov.scot