HC Deb 25 June 2001 vol 370 c20W
Dr. Murrison

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions if he will make a statement on plans his Department has to tighten planning controls on mobile phone masts. [419]

Ms Keeble

We propose to bring forward shortly changes to the current planning rules and guidance for telecommunications mast development in order tostrengthen public consultation requirements on mast proposals of 15 metres and below increase the time for an authority to deal with prior approval applications to 56 days underline that school governors must be consulted on all proposals for new masts on or near a school or college; and increase fees to enable authorities to carry out full public consultation.

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