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CONSERVATIVES GIVE LINE ON PHONE MASTS

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The Conservatives have promised to give councils more say over the siting of mobile phone masts. ...
The Conservatives have promised to give councils more say over the siting of mobile phone masts.

Under Tory proposals, masts would need full planning permission and councils would be able to take health concerns into account when making their decisions. Developers would also have to demonstrate that new masts did not cause 'unacceptable damage to visual amenity'.

The package is designed to assuage residents' concerns about the environmental and aesthetic impact of masts.

The Tories are proposing a single planning process for all masts, including those on Network Rail or church property and small antennas installed in street furniture or signs.

The party estimates that 3G mobile phone technology could lead to the construction of another 100,000 masts, and says the reform would end a presumption in their favour inherent in the planning system.

Shadow local and devolved government affairs secretary Caroline Spelman said: 'Local councillors, answerable to local residents via the ballot box, should have the final say on where they go.'

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