There are over 80 million mobile subscriptions in the UK - that's more than one device for every person. The range of devices has evolved considerably – from smart phones and tablets to connected watches and soon glasses.
The ever-growing number of mobile devices and increasing demands on their capacity relies on mobile network infrastructure to route connections. And to work effectively installations must be close to where people use their mobile devices. Government policy is to support the growth of new and existing electronic communications systems while minimising the environmental impact.
Like any other applicant, mobile operators can appeal against planning authority refusals.
While health and related concerns, such as the perception of risk, can be material considerations as a matter of law, the Government has advised that the planning regime is not the appropriate place for determining health safeguards.
This section provides an overview of how mobile networks operate, providing guidance on deploying base stations and the planning and environmental considerations, which should be taken into account.