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Telecommunications development

More than two thirds of the UK population own a mobile phone.

Mobile phones are properly called 'cell phones' and they operate by sending signals from one cell to another. To enable them to work cell phones require a network of transmitters and receivers, which necessitates the installation of base stations around the country, particularly within built up areas where the use of the mobile phone and the volume of calls are highest.

The telecommunications sector is a vital part of the UK economy and is an industry that is innovating and developing rapidly. The Government's policy is to facilitate the growth of new and existing telecommunications systems whilst keeping the environmental impact to a minimum.

Some installations, due to their size, location, design or number of antennae they support, can have significant visual impacts on local environments or sensitive locations. There is also concern from the general public about possible adverse effects of telecommunications apparatus on health.

With the advent of new technology and the so-called third generation of mobile phones, more base stations will be required and it is the Council's role to ensure that these are installed only in appropriate locations.

This guidance sets out London Borough of Bexley's approach and procedures regarding proposals for new telecommunications development. Links to useful websites have also been provided on the right.

See the left hand menu for a break down of further guidance.

For more information please contact Development Control using the contact information provided in the right hand menu.