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Important Information From The Government
From the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Modern planning system for new technology
Friday 28th October 2005
The Government today laid revised planning regulations for the installation of antennas including satellite dishes so that householders can use a wider range of antennas and satellites in order to access digital and broadband services. The revised regulations will continue to protect the environment from inappropriate development, particularly in designated areas where there are greater restrictions on the position of antennas.
These changes will help to meet the Government's aim of expanding access to digital television and broadband internet and will help householders to install digital television and broadband technologies.
The amended regulations take account of the wide variety of antenna technology now available, so that all types of microwave antenna, whether they are satellite dishes, MESH antennas, wireless antennas or any other type of antenna, will be subject to the same permitted development regulations.
ODPM will issue a revised Householders Guide on the siting of antennas explaining the new regulations and encouraging people to be aware of environmental considerations when siting antennas.
Housing and Planning Minister Yvette Cooper said:
"The planning system needs to adapt to take account of changing technology. People want to get access to wireless broadband services and digital and satellite TV. These changes remove some of the red tape around new technology by updating the planning rules, whilst keeping protections for the local environment."
Notes to Editors
The changes to the General Permitted Development Order GPDO announced today follow from the consultation, 'Satellite Dishes and other Antennas', published in April 2003.
The current planning regulations for satellite dishes and other antennas are inadequate in that there are different regulations for each type of technology. This is inconsistent, choice restrictive and contrary to the Communications Act 2003 which requires technology neutrality. The amended permitted development regulations will subject all antennas, whether satellite dishes or any other type, to the same rules.
There will still be restrictions on the number, size and location of antennas which reflects the feedback from the consultation that the protection of visual amenity is important.
It is a condition of installing an antenna under both the current and revised regulations that it be sited in such a way so that it minimises its impact on the external appearance of the building. Furthermore, antennas no longer need for reception or transmission purposes should be removed as soon as practicable.
Dwelling Houses and Buildings under 15 Metres in height
Under the revised planning regulations for dwelling houses and buildings under 15m
two antennas will be permitted;
the size of the antennas will be restricted:
the larger having a maximum of 100 cm in any linear direction and 35 litres cubic capacity by volume;
the smaller having a maximum of 60 cm and 35 litres cubic capacity by volume;
chimney-mounted antennas will also restricted to a maximum of 60 cm and 35 litres cubic capacity by volume.
the antennas will have certain siting restrictions:
no antenna should protrude above the roof if the premises does not have a protruding chimney; if the premises has a protruding chimney, antennas may protrude up to 60 cm above the roof, or up to height of the chimney, whichever is the lower.
Buildings above 15m in height
We do not propose to modify the permitted development rights that apply to these buildings significantly. Under the revised planning regulations:
The number of antennas will be limited to four;
The size of the antennas will be restricted to 130cm in any linear direction and, up to 35 litres cubic capacity by volume;
chimney-mounted antennas will be limited to 60 cm and up to 35 litres cubic capacity by volume.
The antennas will have certain siting restrictions:
antennas should not exceed the highest part of the roof by more than 300cm.
The regulations for designated areas are more restrictive. Designated areas are those listed under Article 1(5) of Schedule 1 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) 1995(the GPDO). These areas are: the National Parks; Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; conservation areas, and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. In these areas, as well as the number, size, and siting restrictions made according to the height of the building, antennas should not be both facing and visible from a road or a broads waterway.
If a local planning authority considers an antenna is poorly sited and could reasonably be positioned less conspicuously, they can ask the owner to re-site the antenna at their own expense. If such a request is refused, the planning authority may then require an application for planning permission for which a charge is payable, or serve the householder with an enforcement notice requiring the siting of the antenna to be altered in a specified way.
Listed buildings will still need full listed building consent to install antenna including satellite dishes.
The changes apply to England only. The Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Planning Service have consulted on similar changes in 2003 and 2004 but have not announced any changes.
The Culture Secretary, Tessa Jowell, announced the timetable for digital switchover on 15 September 2005
In February 2001 the Government set a goal for the UK to have the most extensive and competitive Broadband market in the G7 by 2005. The broadband target contributes to the overall target for the UK to be the best place in the world for e-business, as broadband is the underpinning infrastructure for modern information and communication techniques. Wireless (which allows users to take advantage of cheap, fast Internet and multimedia through radio links rather than down a telephone line) and satellite (which has the potential to cover the whole of the UK) technology offer alternative platforms for the delivery of broadband
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