The plan states that PPW is currently being revised presenting an opportunity to review and update telecommunications elements. This includes recognising the wider contribution that telecommunications makes to the economy of Wales and the role of local planning authorities in positively planning for telecommunications in their development plans.
The document adds that the mobile industry have made it clear that changes to permitted development rights including to the size of mobile masts, antenna size and emergency access to infrastructure sites will make the process of deploying new mobile infrastructure and upgrading existing infrastructure quicker and easier.
The Welsh Government is also currently examining the scope for future changes to the Permitted Development Rights Order, including existing rights for mobile telecommunications apparatus. Permitted development rights for telecommunications were last revised in 2014.
The Code of Best Practice on Mobile Phone Network Development and planning Technical Advice Note (TAN19) will be revised as it is recognised that they need to be up to date and reflect current best practice.
Date: October 2014 Date of publication
Author: Welsh Government
This item updates DCP section 28.1