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Telecommunications Masts

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:06 am on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of John Horam John Horam Conservative, Orpington 10:06 am, 28th June 2005

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for a lengthy but pertinent intervention. She is quite right: not only residents, as evidenced by the activity of ORAM in my constituency, but councils are increasingly concerned about the planning system. Mr. Howarth, who has now departed the Chamber, said that the current planning system did not allow councils to act in the best interests of residents. That is the problem.

Bromley council will be writing to the Minister, following a decision of its development control committee and its report on the planning arrangements surrounding applications for mobile phone masts. The committee is interested in two points, one of which was raised by Jo Swinson in relation to the situation in Scotland, where Scottish people have done very well. The point is that all masts, whatever their height, should be taken into account in the whole planning system.