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DCAN 14: Siting and Design of Radio Telecommunication Equipment
Application Forms - Completed and Signed (Page 2 of 2)

Existing and proposed Cross-sections

5.6 This should be provided where proposed equipment is partially hidden in the elevations by other existing equipment or roof structures.

Supplementary Information

5.7 The following additional information should also be provided:
  • site details – name, reference and location of proposal with reference to address;
  • site type (e.g. macro or micro);
  • details of consultation carried out under the ten commitments (if relevant);
  • operators rating of site under Traffic Light Model;
  • details of consultation carried out with CAA/Secretary of State for Defence/Aerodrome operator (if relevant);
  • area of search;
  • details of the proposed structure including the type of structure and its dimensions, height of existing building and details of the size of the equipment housing and materials;
  • a statement explaining the reasons for the choice of design and detailing the consideration given to measures that mitigate the visual and environmental impact of the proposal;
  • technical Information including the frequency, modulation characteristics, power output and height of the proposed antenna;
  • technical justification – details about the purpose of the site and why the particular development is required;
  • details of alternative sites rejected with a justification for rejecting them. This should include existing masts, structures and other buildings within the search area;
  • an explanation if no alternatives considered;
  • any other relevant information.

Further Information

5.8 It may in certain circumstances be appropriate for the Department to request;
  • A Visual Impact Assessment – This should consist of a before and after photomontage of the radio base station, fencing, landscaping and access. Such assessments will normally be expected to accompany application for new rural mast sites.
  • Acoustic Report – Where a proposed installation involves equipment that may generate noise. A report may be requested to assess any likely noise disturbance.
5.9 All plans submitted should have a title, a reference number, North point and scale.

Declaration of Conformity with ICNIRP Public Exposure Guidelines (ICNIRP Certificate)

5.10 All applications for planning permission should be accompanied by a signed declaration that the equipment and installation has been designed to be in full compliance with the requirements of the radio frequency (RF) public exposure guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
5.11 The ICNIRP public exposure guidelines have been taken as the numerical basis for the EU Council recommendation of 12th July 1999 (Reference 1999/519/EC) “on the limitation of exposure of the general public to electromagnetic fields (0 Hz to 300 GHz)”.
Compliance with the ICNIRP public exposure guidelines is normally determined by mathematical calculation, and implemented by careful location of antennas, access restriction and/ or barriers and signage as necessary. Operators shall ensure that members of the public cannot unknowingly enter areas close to the antennas where exposure may exceed guidelines.
The emissions from all mobile phone network operators’ equipment on the site are taken into account when determining compliance.
In order to minimise interference within their own networks and with other radio networks and cellular networks, operators will operate their networks in such a way that radio frequency power outputs are kept to the lowest levels commensurate with effective service provision.
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