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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
(1) what assessment she has made of any effect on Broadband Delivery UK of proposed changes to planning requirements in respect of (a) flexibility and (b) cost;
(2) what assessment her Department has made of the effect of proposed changes to planning permission requirements on the rate of installation of superfast broadband.
Communications providers frequently reference the planning regime as a barrier to deployment, which can significantly increase cost, cause considerable delay and in some instances prevent deployment from happening at all. The proposed changes to the planning rules announced on