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Angela Smith Consults On Siting And Design Of Masts

Published on Fri, 4 Jul 2003
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Angela Smith MP, today invited the public to comment on new design guidance for telecommunication masts.
Angela Smith said: "The people of Northern Ireland want world class telecommunications services. Over a million people now own a mobile phone and demand continues to grow. New services are also being developed. Government wishes to promote affordable access to broadband. All this requires necessary infrastructure, including more masts. Equally, it requires sensitivity to the environment.
"Planning Policy Statement 10 issued last April, contains my Department’s policy for the development of telecommunications. The Advice Note I am now issuing will complement this policy by giving guidance to the telecommunications industry on how it can continue to expand its operations, while minimising the environmental impact of its equipment. Examples of good practice from Northern Ireland and beyond are provided.
"With this consultation, everyone will have the opportunity to comment on and help influence the production of the final document."
The Advice Note provides guidance solely on the environmental impact of masts and other telecommunications development. It does not deal with the assessment of health concerns. Such concerns continue to be assessed by the Department of the Environment in the context of the detailed advice from the Department of Health, Social Service and Public Safety set out in Planning Policy Statement 10 ‘Telecommunications’.

Notes to Editors

  1. Consultation Draft Development Control Advice Note 14 (DCAN 14) is entitled ‘Siting and Design of Radio Telecommunications Equipment’.
  2. It is one of a series of Advice Notes which provide non-statutory supplementary planning guidance in support of the Department’s planning policies. DCAN 14 is intended to complement the Department’s policy on telecommunications development contained in Planning Policy Statement 10 published in 11 April 2002. See Press release on website Opens link in a new browser window
  3. PPS 10 aims to ensure that proposals for telecommunication apparatus can be sited and designed in a way which continues to provide Northern Ireland with world class telecommunications services, whilst minimising the environmental impact.
  4. DCAN 14 provides guidance on the process of site selection and design and illustrates how equipment can be sensitively installed. It is relevant to the full range of radio telecommunications equipment including mobile, Fixed Radio Access (FRA), microwave link and television and radio broadcasting.The DCAN also explains why additional base stations are needed to serve the growth in customer demand and in response to changing technical requirements.
  5. Both DCAN 14 and PPS 10 can be accessed on this website.
  6. A copy of this draft advice note can be obtained from:
  7. Planning Service Headquarters
    Clarence Court
    10 – 18 Adelaide Street
    BT2 8GB.
  8. For further information, contact Paddy Murphy, DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0014
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