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Aerials: Planning Permission

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance she has issued to local authorities on checking that appropriate certificates of compliance are (a) in place and (b) relevant before granting permission for the erection of mobile phone masts. (201401)

The Department issued guidance about this matter in 2001 which still applies. Planning Policy Guidance Note 8: Telecommunications, states that all new mobile phone base stations are expected to meet the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines. All applicants for planning permission or prior approval should include with their applications, a statement to certify that the mobile phone base station, when operational, will meet the guidelines. Where a mobile phone base station is added to an existing mast or site, the operator should confirm that the cumulative exposure will not exceed the ICNIRP guidelines.