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Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme (ESMCP)

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This letter concerns the rollout of the ESMCP and how its requirements should be addressed by the planning system in Wales.
The ESMCP will provide the next generation communication system for the three emergency services (police, fire and rescue, and ambulance) and other public safety users in Wales.

The ESMCP will be implemented by mobile phone operator EE, and transition will take place between 2017 and 2020. In some parts of Wales, the Home Office is providing funding to construct masts where it is not viable for EE to do so; these are called Extended Area Sites (EAS). This letter contains advice for Local Planning Authorities in relation to EAS.