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Research Project for a Review of Mobile Phone Operators Permitted Development Rights

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This research was carried out by the University of the West of England, Bristol. Their report assesses possible options for change to the permitted development rights available to mobile phone operators.

They have found that there is consensus among industry, communities and local authorities that the regulations need to be changed.

Options were developed and tested with stakeholders through an examination of future trends in telecommunications and an evaluation of regulatory regimes in the UK. The researchers’ preferred option is that the General Permitted Development Order should be amended to remove the prior approval procedure and reduce permitted development rights.

This report also contains an explanation of the prior approval procedure.