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Aerials: Planning Permission

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many applications for installing a telecommunications mast were (a) granted and (b) refused in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years; (148007)

(2) how many telecommunications masts were installed in each London borough in each of the last five years;

(3) how many telecommunications masts were given permission to be installed in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years.

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if she will amend national planning guidance on mobile telephone masts to allow concerns over health issues to be taken into account by local planning authorities; (148591)

(2) what the timetable is for the revision of Planning Policy Guidance 8; and whether she intends to issue a consultation paper on its revision.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1524W. We intend to review the permitted development rights in relation Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. Following the completion of this review we will consider what, if any, changes might be necessary to Government Planning Policy in relation to telecommunications.

We have not established our timetable for reviewing Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 on Telecommunications. We will consult on any substantive changes to this policy.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will require all mobile telephone companies to apply for full planning permission for installation of mobile telephone masts. (148593)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 24 May 2007, Official Report, column 1524W. We intend to review the permitted development rights in relation to Part 24 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The aim of the review is to ensure that permitted development rights remain fit for purpose, particularly in the light of technological advances in telecommunications. I cannot prejudge the outcome of that review, but we will consult on any substantive proposals for change arising from it.