Local Government: Broadband

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities use access to broadband and mobile connectivity as a criterion within their settlement hierarchy assessments.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Department does not collect data on how many local authorities use access to broadband and mobile connectivity as a criterion within their settlement hierarchy assessments. Authorities should gather and draw on appropriate evidence to inform the preparation of development plans and the National Planning Policy Framework sets out how planning policies and decisions should support the expansion and delivery of electronic communications networks.

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