News & Updates

Planning updates from our team which we want to share with the world.

Central government have launched a consultation on proposed planning reforms too allow the deployment of telecoms equipment without requiring full planning permission. The consultation says it will allow quicker implementation whilst ensuring that there are appropriate environmental protections and safeguards in place. Proposals include:

  • Enabling deployment of radio equipment housing by permitting small equipment cabinets on Article 2(3) land such as National Parks, Conservation Areas and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and allowing greater flexibility for installing equipment cabinets in existing compounds;
  • Enabling the strengthening of existing masts by permitting limited increases in the width of existing ground-based masts without the need for prior approval, and greater increases subject to prior approval, on all land. Also allowing for limited increases to the height of existing ground-based masts without the need for prior approval outside of Article 2(3) land, with greater increases on all land, up to specified limits, subject to prior approval;
  • Enabling the deployment of building-based masts by permitting these in closer proximity to a highway subject to prior approval outside of Article 2(3) land. Also, whether to permit smaller masts to be installed without the need for prior approval outside of Article 2(3) land; and
  • Enabling the deployment of new ground-based masts by permitting taller new masts, up to specified limits, on all land subject to prior approval, with greater permitted heights on land outside of Article 2(3) land. Also, whether to permit monopole 

The consultation last for 8 weeks until 11.45pm on the 14 June 2021. Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-permitted-development-rights-for-electronic-communications-infrastructure-technical-consultation/changes-to-permitted-development-rights-for-electronic-communications-infrastructure-technical-consultation

Is this a positive step to modern connectivity or a threat to our heritage and areas of natural wonder? If you have a view we'd love to hear it!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 01293 978 200

 

Stay in touch

Why not get in touch for a confidential chat about your project? Whatever happens, make sure you follow us:

   

   

The legal bit

© 2020 Squires Planning Ltd. Squires Planning is the trading name of Squires Planning Ltd. Registered in England & Wales, Company no. 11917764. VAT no. 322712632. Registered office is Home Farm, Purley on Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 8AX. Read our privacy & cookies policies here.