Statutory Register: decision notice
The Council issues a formal decision notice, which clearly
states whether permission is granted or refused.
Most applications are approved and many are subject to
conditions. All applicants have a right of appeal against a refusal
or conditions imposed that they do not agree with. Notes on how to
appeal any decision are included on the decision notice. There is
no third party right of appeal.
Unless otherwise stated, development can begin at any time
within five years of the date of the permission, although
details set out in the conditions must be agreed beforehand.
Often other approvals are needed before work can start, for
example covenants on a property or Building Regulations. If
these approvals introduce significant changes to a scheme, a new
planning permission may be needed.
All decision notices will be posted on our website and can
viewed on the Planning Applications webpage.
Telecommunications Mast Register
This Register has been produced in line with current Central
Government Guidance on Telecommunications Development, that is The
Town and Country (General Permitted Development) Order (amended)
1995 and Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 (Revised 2001) (PPG8) It
gives details of both existing and proposed mast and associated
equipment applications to the Council and is produced in parish
order for ease of reference. The register will be updated as and
when approval is given for individual installations.
The register has been set up to provide readily available
information on the location of masts within the District. This has
been encouraged as good practice by central government. It is
intended to make information available to members of the public who
want to see what masts exist in their area and what is currently
being considered by the Council, and to operators considering
proposed sites for telecommunication masts (to aid the possibility
of mast sharing).
Need for Permission
Under current legislation, certain forms of telecommunication
development are permitted development and are subject to prior
approval for the development from the Local Planning Authority
(LPA). The prior approval procedure means that the principle of
development is not an issue. The LPA can only consider the siting
and appearance of the proposal. The LPA has 56 days in which to
notify the mast operators of its determination on whether prior
approval is required for siting and appearance and to notify the
operator of its decision to give or refuse such approval. There is
no power to extend the 56 day period. On the Register, prior
approval applications are suffixed TELNOT, TELN28 ,TELN42 , or
The prior approval procedure applies to the construction,
installation, alteration or replacement of:
- a ground-based mast of up to and including 15m in
- a mast of up to and including 15m in height installed on a
building or structure
- an antennae (including any supporting structure) which exceeds
the height of the building or structure (other than a mast)
by 4 metres or more at the point of where it is installed or
to be installed
- a public call box
- radio equipment housing with a volume of 2.5 cubic metres
- development ancillary to radio equipment housing (e.g fences,
Full Planning Permission
Where the development proposed does not fall within the
limitations of the prior approval procedure, for example when a
proposed mast is greater than 15m in height, then a full planning
application is required. In considering such a proposal the LPA
will take into account relevant policies of the Development Plan
and any other material considerations. On the Register these
applications are suffixed TELE.
Certain minor telecommunications proposals may not constitute
development, in which instance applications for prior approval or
full planning permission will not be required.
Radio equipment housing with a volume of less than 2.5 cubic
metres would fall into this category.