LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Telecommunications

5.32  The Council recognises the importance of improving the coverage and quality of mobile phone services, particularly for rural enterprises. Resilient telecommunications infrastructure is also important in supporting public safety, particularly in events such as floods and storms.

5.33  As much of the Borough is defined by valued landscapes including the AONB, the public benefits of mobile service have to be balanced against the need to protect these landscapes as well as the historic and built environment. Telecommunications infrastructure should also be designed with nature conservation interests in mind. Telecommunications operators have extensive Permitted Development rights. However, where express planning permission is required, the Council requires masts and other apparatus to be shared and consolidated wherever possible, and to be designed to minimise their visual impact as far as practicable.

DM30: Telecommunications

Proposals for telecommunications masts and towers, and apparatus mounted on existing buildings and structures, should be designed to minimise their impact on the landscape, townscape, and historic environments.

New and upgraded broadband infrastructure will be encouraged subject to consideration of the impact of proposals on safety and visual amenity.

Local Plan Part 1 parent policies

Policy CC2: Sustainable Construction and Design

Monitoring

Indicator:

Refusal of applications, and dismissal at appeal, for telecoms development which would have an unduly harmful impact on valued landscapes.

Improvements to telecommunications coverage and broadband network speeds, without harm to valued landscapes.

Targets:

Improvements to telecommunications coverage and broadband network speeds, without harm to valued landscapes. Refusal of applications, and dismissal at appeal, for telecoms development which would have an unduly harmful impact on the AONB.