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REVIEW OF PLANNING CONTROLS FOR SATELLITE DISHES

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The Welsh Assembly Government is to review the planning controls considerations that need to be taken into account ...
The Welsh Assembly Government is to review the planning controls considerations that need to be taken into account when installing for installing satellite dishes and other types of antennae, minister for environment, planning and countryside Carwyn Jones announced today.

At present, householders are able to install satellite dishes and antennae on their homes, but restrictions do apply on the location, number and size allowed. In some sensitive areas, planning permission may be required from the local planning authority.

The consultation paper issued today aims to seek views on whether the current planning regime is unnecessarily restrictive in terms of allowing consumer choice in having access to satellite and broadband services. It includes options ranging from keeping the current arrangements to placing no restrictions on the number of antennae, their size or their siting.

Mr Jones said: 'It's important to have in place up-to-date planning regulations which reflect our commitment to delivering equality of access to digital TV and broadband services across Wales.

'Equally important, however, is the need to ensure that any changes made following consultation keep the visual and environmental impact to a minimum, particularly in sensitive areas such as national parks and conservation areas.'

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