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Ipsos MORI Planning Officers Research Published

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The market research company Ipsos MORI has undertaken research amongst local authority planning officers for each of the past 11 years. The planners’ research looks at planning officers’ views on the telecoms planning process and their engagement with the mobile network operators.

The latest research can be found here 

In summarising the results, Julien Misell, Director at Ipsos MORI said: “Most planners say the issue of base stations is important, although the proportion holding this view continues to decline. Just over three fifths say mobile operators make themselves available to meet and discuss their plans prior to submitting planning applications. Two thirds now feel sufficient effort has been made to share masts, a significant increase over the last three years. Similarly, over three in five now agree that operators provide evidence of consideration of mast sharing.”

61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.