§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what controls he will propose to give to local authorities over the laying of cables in order to protect the environment.
§ Mr. Giles Shaw
The laying of cables by private operators is likely to constitute development; and, as such, to require planning permission. We are reviewing the provisions of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977 to see to what extent it would be appropriate to grant a general permission for development of this nature, subject to environmental safeguards.