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British Telecom: Planning

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of whether BT's plans to build telephone-bearing advertising structures on the roadside are permissible under BT's code powers. (202136)

No general assessment has been made as there are already procedures in place to handle this issue.

When BT wish to install new telephone kiosks bearing illuminated advertising, they are required on each occasion to apply to the local authority, prior to installation, for an “advertising consent”. This is in addition to the General Permitted Development Order which they are required to obtain for the installation of any type of payphone in a public place.