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Welsh Planning Policy and Practice

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a) the Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment)
(Wales) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/1876)

b) the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) (Amendment)
(Wales) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/1877)

c) the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment)
(Wales) Order 2002 (S. I. 2002/1878).

The revised version of Technical Advice Note "Telecommunications" (TAN 19) August 2002 takes account of the growth of the telecommunications industry, of the new social and economic demands for communications, and of the Welsh Assembly Government's environmental policies.

Copies of the statutory instruments are accessible via the Assembly's website (www.wales.gov.uk) in the "Welsh legislation" section and TAN 19 can be found via:

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/tans/tan19?lang=en

Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development

The Code is based on, and follows very closely, the Code of Best Practice issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in November 2002. It has been agreed by the Welsh Local Government Association and the Mobile Operators Association

The Code of Practice can be found at:

http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/planning/policy/guidance/545182?lang=en

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.