Mobile Phone Masts
The Council is responsible for regulating new and
existing telecommunication installations, such as phone masts, in
developments fall into three categories:
- Development requiring 28 days notice to the Council
These are minor developments. Operators have to give the Council 28
days notice of their intention to install equipment. The Council
does not have a duty to consult with local residents over the
submission of such applications.
- Development requiring prior approval of the Council
Prior approval notifications are required for some masts, notably
those below 15m high, or antennae, certain other equipment and
public call boxes. Planning permission is not required, but the
applicants are required to notify the Council of their proposals.
The Council can not object to the principle of the development but
has 56 days to comment on the siting and design. The applicant has
to post a site notice. Although there is no requirement to do
so the Council has adopted the policy of advertising all
notifications in the press, putting up our own site notice and
notifying adjoining neighbours.
- Development requiring full planning permission
This is for masts over 15m high and other developments that fall
outside the permitted development limits. The Council consults
local residents and parish councils in the same way as for other
developments requiring planning permission. Although there is no
requirement to do so the Council has adopted the policy of
advertising all notifications in the press, putting up our own site
Notifications are not referred to
Regulatory Committee. They come within the portfolio of the
Deputy Leader (Strategic Services) and the decisions are fully
delegated to the Head of Development and Building Control.
Applications that require planning
permission are dealt with under the normal planning procedures and
Factors considered when
Before submitting applications
pre-application consultation takes place. This frequently results
in sites being rejected. As part of this discussion the
possibility of mast sharing will have been considered.
- The following factors may be
considered regarding proposals to site telecommunications
- The site when viewed from any side, including from outside the
- Its proximity to residential property
- The site in relation to areas designated for their scenic or
- The effect on the skyline or horizon
- The site in relation to existing masts, structures or
- The siting in relation to landscape features and natural
- Any other relevant considerations
- The planning system is not the place
to determine health safeguards. The Government's view is contained
in advice in PPG8 published in August 2001 is that where a
development meets the International Commission on Non-Ionizing
Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines for public exposure then
Councils do not need to consider the health aspects or concerns of
telecommunications development further.
Applicants are required to submit a
certificate of compliance and are asked to specify the ICINRP level
at the nearest residential property.
Both full planning applications and
prior approval notifications must be supported by:
- A written description of the proposed development
- Plans and elevations of the proposals
- Evidence that the land owner has been notified of the proposed
- Details of alternative sites considered
- Information about the purpose and need for the development
- Where the proposed development is near a school or college,
evidence that the relevant body of the school or college has been
- An emissions profile for the proposed equipment
- A statement that the proposed development, when operational,
would meet the ICNIRP guidelines
- If you require any further
information, contact a Development Control Officer (see Contacts in
The Stewart Group was set up to examine public health concerns
about emissions from mobile phones.
Department of Health
Provides various Government sponsored reports on mobile phones and
The MOA was formerly known as the
Mobile Telecoms Advisory Group (MTAG) within the Federation of the
Electronics Industry (FEI).
International Commission on Non-Ionizing
The principle aim of this body is to provide information and advice
on the potential hazards of exposure to non-ionizing
Department for Education and
Issued advise for schools and local education authorities on mobile
phones and base stations.
Communities and Local Government
have produced a
Telecommunications Development Code of Best Practice. This builds
on the advice contained within PPG8 (Telecommunications) (see link
below). It contains some general information on good practice in
terms of design and siting of telecommunications masts and guidance
on how current procedures should be operated.