In a consultation paper the Government is seeking views on “the principle of amending permitted development rights in England to grant planning permission for mobile infrastructure to support deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage, particularly in rural areas”.
The proposals include removing the need for mobile phone operators to seek prior approval when installing radio housing equipment or upgrading masts to support 5G.
The paper also suggests operators could be allowed to install building-based masts close to highways without planning permission and to build higher masts than currently allowed under permitted development rules.
Further information about the consultation can be found here.
SLCC will be responding to the consultation and any member wishing to submit comments they would like to be taken into account are asked to forward them to the National Planning Advisor, Andrew Towlerton, at firstname.lastname@example.org by 18th October.