On 22 July 2020, the Government published their response to the proposed reforms to permitted development rights 5G consultation. TIGA submitted their response to this call for evidence in October 2019.
The Government response indicates that the Government are satisfied that ‘there is evidence to demonstrate that the proposed reforms would have a positive impact on the Government’s ambitions for the deployment of 5G and extending mobile coverage.’
Therefore, the Government intends to take forward the in-principle proposals consulted on, to enable in England:
- Deployment of taller and wider masts
- Building-based masts located nearer to highways
- Faster deployment of radio equipment housing, such as equipment cabinets
The Government have stated that they will ensure the appropriate environmental protections and other safeguards are in place to mitigate the impact of new mobile infrastructure.
The Government’s response can be read in full here.