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POLICY QL6 - Telecommunications

Applications for planning permission for telecommunications development and for prior approval determinations should, in all appropriate cases:-

  1. demonstrate how the development fits into the wider network; and
  2. make use of existing buildings or telecommunications structures wherever possible unless it can be demonstrated that it is not technically practical or possible to do so, whilst having regard to the cumulative effect of mast or site sharing; and
  3. be sited, coloured and designed so as to minimise any visual impact on the street scene, the appearance or setting of a building (including the building on which it is installed) and on the environment generally, particularly Conservation Areas, the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Area of Great Landscape Value, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Registered Parks and Gardens. Regard will be paid to the potentially visually damaging effects of a conglomeration of telecommunications equipment installed on a single building or site; and
  4. include, wherever possible, practical and appropriate the provision of landscaping; and
  5. where appropriate include additional structural capacity to take into account the growing demands for network development; and
  6. ensure necessary protection of public health by demonstrating that the infrastructure meets ICNIRP guidelines for safe emissions; and
  7. provide an undertaking that all structures will be removed and the site restored to a standard deemed acceptable by the District Council in cases where the facility becomes inoperable.  

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