The Planning Officers Society has some general comments to make on how the planning system can support the delivery of mobile connectivity.
The need to improve the country's mobile connectivity infrastructure is recognised and supported. However, POS is concerned that an increase in the allowances of PD, for example increased heights or amount of infrastructure allowed through PD, could cause harm especially in sensitive locations (such as Article 1(5) land).
It is essential that there is a balance between the need for improved communications infrastructure and the requirement to protect visual and residential amenity, control the amount of street clutterand reduce physical barriers in the public highway.
POS believes that the current prior notification procedure works well and provides sufficient flexibility for delivery of communications infrastructure whilst protecting the environment, a key aim of the NPPF.