§ Mr. Walden
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what are the planning constraints on the erection of telecomunication masts.
§ Mr. Baldry
A planning application is required for the erection of masts above 15 m and for all masts in protected areas such as conservation areas and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
A general planning permission is granted for the erection of masts of up to 15 m in height, under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988. However, local planning authorities do have powers to intervene in such cases to require the approval of the siting and appearance of a proposed mast if they consider it would seriously threaten amenity.