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Satellite Television (Antenna)

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received seeking an amendment to planning regulations to increase the permitted size of a satellite antenna to enable people in the north to install an antenna of sufficient size to receive satellite television without recourse to planning permission.

From time to time we receive representations from different parts of the country seeking an increase in the size of satellite antennas which are permitted by the general development order. We consider that the present size limit of 90 cm for such antennas permitted by the GDO is appropriate given the possible environmental effect of an uncontrolled proliferation of larger dishes, but we shall continue to monitor the situation carefully.