Momentum builds to ease access to telecoms sites

Publication: Planning Resource

A Department for Culture Media & Sports (DCMS) report issued last month proposes a radical overhaul of the Electronic Communications Code. It’s aim is to give telecommunications operators easier access to land to provide a service that is now an essential part of everyday life.

The original code was enacted under the Telecommunications Act 1984. Despite some amendments, changes in technology over the past 30 years have left many claiming it is outdated and unclear. Building on recent reforms to the planning regime, the DCMS proposals aim to promote private investment in digital infrastructure, to be implemented through primary legislation as soon as possible.

The 1984 code laid down a mechanism…

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