Government proposes to change existing planning regulations for satellite dishes and antennae

Government proposes to change existing planning regulations for satellite dishes and antennae

BSG welcomes new planning regulations consultation

10 April 2003

The BSG welcomed the Government proposals to change existing planning regulations this week which means that householders will have more freedom to install satellite dishes and other antennae on their houses so that they can have greater access to broadband and digital TV. The proposals are in part a response to a recommendation made by the BSG in their first report to Government in November 2001.

The government has suggested relaxing the rules that currently restrict the number and type of dishes and antennae that can be installed on the outside of a dwelling, block of flats or commercial buildings, as part of its drive to improve the take-up of broadband and digital TV. The most far-reaching of these proposals would see the elimination of many of today’s existing restrictions.

Launching the consultation Planning Minister Jeff Rooker said:

“The best way to make the planning system work for the community is to ask people what they want, and that’s what this document is all about. We are committed to delivering equality of access to digital TV and broadband across the country and this document is an important step in that direction.”

The BSG will look forward to putting together a submission echoing our initial recommendation to the consultation process which closes on 4 July.

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