PPS 10: Telecommunications
Policy TEL 1: Environmentally Sensitive Features and Locations
6.14 Wherever possible telecommunications development should seek to avoid sensitive features and locations of archaeological, built or natural heritage value. This includes archaeological remains, listed buildings and conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty, sites of nature conservation importance, sites where there are protected species, local landscape policy areas and other environmental designations. Applicants should submit suitable evidence to show that alternative locations in less sensitive areas have been investigated and cannot be used. Where such locations cannot be avoided extra care will be required to ensure that the visual and environmental impact of the telecommunications apparatus and any ancillary works, such as an access track or power line, is minimised.
6.15 There may be a need to obtain a separate listed building consent, under Article 44 of the Planning (NI) Order 1991, for any internal or external works to a listed building if these are judged by the Department to affect its character. Similarly, any works to, or affecting the site of, a scheduled monument require scheduled monument consent from the Department’s Environment and Heritage Service under the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995. The Department’s current policies for development affecting conservation interests are set out in Planning Policy Statement 6: Planning, Archaeology and the Built Heritage and Planning Policy Statement 2: Planning and Nature Conservation.