PPS 10: Telecommunications
Background Information: Environmental Issues
3.6 The significant increase in telecommunications development witnessed in recent years has resulted in growing concern about its impact on the environment. This has often been expressed by those who have found equipment erected on land or buildings near their homes, but has also arisen due to the multiplicity and layout of equipment at certain roof-top locations and the introduction of prominent new structures into rural areas.
3.7 While it is acknowledged that badly sited or poorly designed telecommunications equipment can have a negative impact on the environment, it should also be noted that modern telecommunications can bring environmental benefits. They can help reduce the need to travel and hence reduce vehicle emissions and congestion, for example by enabling ‘home working’. They have also enabled the development of ‘real time’ driver information systems which can lead to better use of roads and reduced congestion.