Mobile Phone Masts

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what investigation his Department has undertaken into the fees charged by local planning authorities for planning applications for mobile telephone telecommunication masts; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

Research was undertaken by Arup for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in 2003 to investigate the costs of handling planning applications in general. Using this as a basis, in September 2004 we issued a consultation document entitled Changes to the System of Planning Fees in England" and in December 2004 we published a second consultation document entitled Further Proposed Changes to the System of Planning Fees in England". Both these documents asked about the fees charged by local planning authorities for planning applications for mobile telephone telecommunication masts.

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Simon Preedy
Posted on 20 Jun 2005 10:26 am (Report this annotation)

Central Government appears to be 'dragging its heels' by way of implementing any of the 19 recommendations given to them last year in the Report by the All Party Parliamentary Mobile Group, following their Public Inquiry into the Planning & Siting of Masts ! - see: www.apmobile.org.uk

I met with my MP for Basingstoke (Mrs Maria Miller - Conservative) on 17 June who has kindly agreed to make representations to the Government on this matter.

Recommendation 15 of their Report stated: "We recommend the fees are increased to reflect the demand on local authorities in their considerations of telecommunications applications and that further guidance be published by the Secretary of State on their circumstances under which charges can be made for pre-application discussions."

Recommendation 5 of their Report stated: "We recommend that a revised PPG8 includes further guidance on pre-application discussions, with a view to allowing LPAs to charge for these."