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Planning: Open Fibre Ducts

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that all new planning applications can only be approved if the plans allow for open fibre ducts for the supply of broadband and other technology. [HL571]

Planning Policy Guidance Note 8: Telecommunications (PPG8) advises that in considering planning applications for other forms of development, planning authorities will wish to consider telecommunications issues. Planning authorities should encourage prospective developers of new housing, offices and industrial estates to consider with all relevant telecommunications operators how the telecommunications needs for the occupiers will be met.

PPG 8 should be taken into account by local planning authorities in the preparation of local development documents and may be material to individual applications for prior approval and planning permission.

It is for local planning authorities to decide on a case by case basis what is material to an individual planning decision and what weight is to be given to particular elements of that decision.