HC Deb 16 June 1997 vol 296 c55W
Mr. Charles Kennedy

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to review planning procedures as they relate to the erection of television masts under 15 feet in height; and if he will make a statement. [3455]

Mr. Chisholm

My right hon. Friend has no plans to review planning procedures relating to television masts. All television masts, regardless of their height, require full planning consent. The Scottish Office is, however, reviewing planning controls over telecommunications masts under 15m in height, which benefit from permitted development rights. If any proposals to change planning legislation result from this review, a consultation paper will be issued.