§ Ms Shipley
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many appeal applications for telecommunications masts to be erected have been received by him; how many have been turned down; and on what grounds. 99W
§ Ms Keeble
Information is not held about appeal decisions for telecommunications masts specifically. The following is information relating to appeal decisions about telecommunications development generally.
1999 2000 2001 Number of appeals 147 325 589 Number of appeals allowed 85 191 248 Number of appeals dismissed 52 108 136 Number of appeals withdrawn or undecided 10 26 205
All figures relate to the year in which the appeal was received, not necessarily the year it was decided.
While a large number of issues have been taken into account in determining telecommunications appeals, the most common issues for those that have been dismissed are the effect on the landscape, surrounding area (by reason of size, character, materials etc), areas of outstanding natural beauty or green belt policy issues, and other bad neighbour issues.