PPS 10: Telecommunications
The Department of the Environment is responsible for planning control in Northern Ireland. The Planning Service, an Agency within the Department, administers its planning functions.
The Department has a statutory duty, laid down in Article 3 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, to formulate and co-ordinate policy for securing the orderly and consistent development of land and the planning of that development.
The Department's planning policies are normally issued through Planning Policy Statements and PPS 1 'General Principles' advises that:
"Planning Policy Statements set out the policies of the Department on particular aspects of land-use planning and apply to the whole of Northern Ireland. Their contents will be taken into account in preparing development plans and are also material to decisions on individual planning applications and appeals."
This Planning Policy Statement, PPS 10 'Telecommunications', sets out the Department's planning policies for telecommunications development. It embodies the Government's commitment to facilitate the growth of new and existing telecommunications systems whilst keeping the environmental impact to a minimum. It also addresses health issues associated with telecommunications development.
The policies of this Statement supersede Policy PSU 13 'Telecommunications' of the Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland. Where this policy is referred to elsewhere in the Planning Strategy the policies of this Statement will take precedence. The policies of this Statement will also take precedence over the provisions of existing development plans in relation to telecommunications development.
Nothing in this document should be read as a commitment that public resources will be provided for any specific project. All proposals for expenditure by the Department are subject to economic appraisal and will also have to be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources.