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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Conservative, Mid Bedfordshire

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.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

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 10 September 2012 are therefore designed to remove, or curtail, increased costs and barriers to progress and reduce the timeframe for roll-out projects. We will be publishing an impact assessment when we undertake a consultation on the proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) Regulations.

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