Telecommunications: Planning Permission

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered at on 29 November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Lexden Lord Lexden Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the erection of telephone poles in conservation areas is compliant with the code of practice.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Pole and Cabinet Code of Siting Practice is kept under regular review to monitor its effectiveness and ensure compliance. Since its introduction in 2013 it has been reviewed twice, in 2014 and 2016 and will continue to be reviewed every 18 months. The reviews have been conducted by representatives of communications infrastructure providers, local planning authorities and the National Parks and have agreed that overall the Code of Practice was working well with a good level of compliance in relation to poles and cabinets being deployed sensitively in all areas.

Following the latest review the review group agreed to strengthen the guidance for communications providers when placing site notices for pole installation. A summary of the latest Code of Practice review is included in the Impact Assessment for Clause 7 of the Digital Economy Bill and can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/digital-economy-bill-part-2-digital-infrastructure

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