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Mobiles and Masts find a welcome in outstanding landscapes

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The Accord should see an end to the problems that have sometimes arisen in the past when plans were announced for new telecommunications masts in protected areas of the country.

Welcoming the accord on behalf of ANPA, Chief Executive Martin Fitton said: “People living and visiting National Parks naturally want the same quality of communication services as the rest of the country. This gives us all a great challenge to make provision without damaging our finest landscapes. The Accord, which encourages very special consideration of landscape issues and which will encourage innovation in reducing visual impact, provides an excellent framework within which we can all work.”

Mike Dolan, Executive Director of the Mobile Operators Association said: “ Mobile phone operators welcome the opportunity the Accord creates to work with the APNA to bring 21st century technology and timeless landscapes together in an environmentally sensitive manner. Network operators recognise their obligation to protect the special qualities of the National Parks and AONBs.”

The Accord underlines the mobile phone operators’ obligations to protect the special qualities of National Parks and AONBs, while those bodies responsible for approving applications recognise the requirement that the mobile phone operators have to provide as consistent a service as possible to their customers in all parts of the country – including protected areas.

ANPA and the operators have agreed to a meet once a year. The operators will also provide “roll-out plans” to each National Park Authority. The two sides will also look at ways of reducing the impact masts have on the environment. This could include companies sharing masts, and producing new designs, which are more landscape friendly.

Pre-application discussion between agents, planning consultants and National Park Authority planning teams will also take place to further minimise the environmental impacts of any proposed schemes.

Notes to Editors

1. The Mobile Operators Association (MOA), formerly the FEI, was set up to represent the five UK mobile phone network operators - 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone - on radio frequency health and planning issues.

2. The Accord can be found at www.mobilemastinfo.com/planning/joint_accord.htm

3. More information about the work of the Association of National Park Authorities is available on: www.anpa.gov.uk.

4. There are 13 national parks in the UK: Brecon Beacons, Broads Authority, Cairngorms, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, Northumberland, North York Moors, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia and the Yorkshire Dales.

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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.