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DCAN 14: Siting and Design of Radio Telecommunication Equipment
Annex E - Operators Traffic Light Rating Model for Public Consultation

Graph showing operators traffic light rating model for public consultation

Community Issues

Category Key Elements Rating
Views and Attitudes of Local Communites Previous Residents activity and likely community views. 0-15
Social Politicat Council policy on telecommunications/views of LPA, PA or DOE PS in Northern Ireland , Level of influence of local key stakeholders and Non Governmental organisations, involvement of MP, MPS, AM, planning authority or DOE PS and DRD in Northern Ireland, owned land and property. 0-10
Media Likely media interest, regional/local media coverage , previous media interest, other sites that have raised the profile of the issue. 0-5
The traffic light model must be used to give an overall rating for each proposed site. This Model combines elements of subjectivity and objectivity and is intended as a guide to the degree of consultation necessary. Once the Rating has been determined then the Consultation Strategy is used to provide the options available in respect of the level of public consultation. It is important to seek LPA/PA/DOE PS (Divisional Planning Office) input into the process. The rating for each site is to review at least once-in particular after pre-application consultation.

Planning and Environmental Issues

Category Key Elements Rating
Sensitive and Land Use Site in relation to residential property, homes and schools and other sensitive land uses such as nurseries, playgroups, playgrounds and hospitals. 0-15
Siting and Apperance Siting-existence of topographical features and natural vegetation, flora and fauna, impact on skyline or horizon, townscape clutter, site in relation to existing masts, structures or buildings (including historical or traditional character), views of recognised importance. 0-10
Planning Development Plan Policies including green belt designation, Precedents/Site History, impact on sites of special land use designation such as National Parks, AONB, Conservation Areas, SSSI, ASSI, Listed Buildings ect. See Guidelines for using the Traffic Light model for more comprehensive list. 0-5

Guide to Using Traffic Light Rating Model for Public Consultation

The guide is to assist in ascertaining the amount and type of public consultation that is required for any proposed site. The public consultation that is carried out under this process will be in addition to that already carried out by the Planning Service for applications for planning permission.
The graph should be used to rate a site as green, amber or red. The Traffic light Model operates along two axis; “Planning and Environmental issues&rdquo (horizontal) and “Community issues” (vertical).

Planning and Environmental Issues – horizontal axis

The horizontal axis is used to ascertain planning and environmental issues relating to the proposed site. The axis is graded 0 – 30, where 0 indicates very low concern and 30 where there are likely to be major concerns to the proposal.
The grading along this axis is made up from three categories; Sensitive Land Use, Siting and Appearance and Planning. Each category identifies the key elements that will determine the level of consultation required. The categories have different levels of influence and have, therefore, been given different levels of weight.
The Sensitive Land Use category is graded from 0 – 15, the Siting and Appearance category from 0 – 10, and Planning from 0 – 5.
The highest score within each category will apply and not a cumulative score.
The person using the Traffic Light Model will use the tables below to determine the score in each of the categories. Some of the categories are objective (Sensitive LandUses) whilst the others allow some form of subjectivity. A degree of common sense must be applied when giving a Site a Rating as there may be other reasons not mentioned in this Guide that will affect its sensitivity.
The horizontal axis rating is calculated by adding the score given in each of the categories on that axis.

Sensitive Land Uses 0-15

Residential Property or homes 0-15

Location of site in relation to building Rating (0-15)
Location on a residential tower block 10-15
Next to 10-15
In close proximity 5-10
Far from 0-5

Schools 0-15

Location of site in relation to boundary Rating (0-15)
Located on 15
Next to 10-15
Close proximity 5-10
Near to 0-5
Far from 0

Nurseries, play groups, recreation grounds (with children's areas) 0-15

Location of site in relation to building Rating (0-15)
Next to 10-15
In close proximity 5-10
Far from 0-5

Hospital Property 0-10

Buildings or grounds Rating (0-15)
Located on 0-10
Elsewhere 0

Other sensitive land use to be treated on its own merits but could score 0-15

Siting and Apperance

This category is more subjective based on the factors set out in the box. A score must be given based on the implications of the issues in the category for that particular site.
Siting and Apperance Rating (0-10)
High Environmental Impact 5-10
Low Environmental Impact 0-5
Siting-matters to be considered include existence of topographical features and natural vegetation, flora and forna, impact on skyline or horizon, townscape clutter, site in relation to existing masts, structures and buildings (including historical or traditional character), views of recognized importance.
Design-matters to be considered include height in relation to surrounding area, apperance of the installation, material, colouration, dimensions (other than height), overall shape, solid or open framework, transmisson soulutions (i.e impact of dish).
Site Type-new site, upgrade, swap out, mast share.
In respect of upgrades, swap outs, or mast shares it is anticipated that the score under siting an appearance will be less that of new installations. The matter that is being given consideration is the impact of the proposed alteration in comparison to the existing installation.

Planning 0-5

Development Plan Policies (site specific) Rating (0-5)
Positive stance towards proposal 0
Neutral stance 0
Negative stance 5
Precedents/Site history Rating (0-5)
Previous applications refused 5
No history of telecommunications proposed 0
Previous applications successful 0
Located within special land use Rating (0-5)
N.IRELAND 5
Green Belt Land Within 50m of Conservation Area 0-5
Location in relation to sensitive site Rating (0-5)
On a Listed Building 5
Within 50m of listed building 0-5
Greater than 50m 0

Community Issues-vertical axis

The vertical axis is used to ascertain community issues. The axis is again graded 0-30, where 0 indicates low concern and 30 where there are likely to be major concerns to the proposal.

Media 0-5

Previous Media Interest Rating 0-5
Significant negative publicity 5
No interest 0

Does the rating feel right?

It is important to appreciate that a degree of common sense must be applied in determining a Rating for a particular site. Once the Rating has been given and it is not appropriate than a final review should be undertaken. The Rating can be amended but only if there are compelling reasons, in other words this health check should only be used on rare occasions. A full written justification must be given as to why the Rating was changed and may have to be reviewed as all sites are.
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