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English Planning Policy and Practice - Areas subject to particular designation

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Areas subject to particular designation

As well as providing a mobile telecommunications service to urban areas, there is also a requirement (and an accepted need) to provide a service in other areas, including in areas subject to particular planning designations. These include the most protected landscape areas, such as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In addition, other areas are subject to special consideration such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), Green Belts, the Heritage Coast and buildings and areas of historic and architectural importance.

The policies related to these areas are set out in the NPPF and the objective of communications operators to pay particular attention to these areas when contemplating development in them is specifically acknowledged in the Code of Best Practice (including at pages 29-32).

When proposing development in protected areas, there should be consultation with the relevant statutory body (such as English Heritage or Natural England).


Ten Commitments

Central to the operators’ approach to network development is consultation with local communities, planning officers and other stakeholders on any proposed new developments. Pre-application consultation is included in the operators’ ‘Ten Commitments to Best Siting Practice’, which has existed since 2001 to help address concerns relating to the development of base stations, and which is now contained in planning guidance throughout the UK.

Sharing Sites

Mobile phone users in the UK increasingly want better coverage and greater capacity so they can access more services on their phones. While this means that new base stations will still be needed, network operators seek to share sites wherever possible. Site sharing helps reduce energy consumption and the overall environmental footprint of networks, as well as improving the quality of coverage.