§ Mr. Janman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment which planning rules apply to the erection of satellite television dishes on blocks of flats; whether he ha .s any intention to change these rules; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Moynihan
Part 25 of the General Developmen.t Order 1988 gives permission for up to two satellite antennae up to 90 cm in diameter on blocks of flats over 15 m high, provided the antennae are sited to minimise their visual effect. That permission does not apply in conservation areas, national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty or the Broads. My right hon. Friend hopes to issue a consultation paper on planning controls over satellite antennas and other telecommunications development within the next 2 months.