Welwyn Hatfield District Plan review - deposit version January 2001 -
Brookmans Park Transmitting
The BPTS lies within the Green
Belt. It is recognised however that because of the advantages of
concentrating telecommunications development at the existing site
where technical infrastructure is already in situ, very special
circumstances may exist which justify further telecommunications
development at this site.
In view of the station's location
within the green belt, the Council has sought to strictly control
such development and to see appropriate landscaping introduced to
screen the technical installation from view. In 1995, the Council
therefore adopted, in conjunction with the BBC, a master plan
covering the future expansion of telecommunications development
at the site. This master plan also included a landscaping scheme
to screen the site. This was the subject of public consultation
and has been adopted as supplementary planning guidance. It now
forms the basis for determining planing applications for further
telecommunications development at the BPTS, supplemented by
Policy R19 (see below). In the light of continuing change in
telecommunications technology, it is proposed to review and
update the master plan.
Policy R19 - telecommunications
In considering proposals for
telecomm. development, the Council will require the following
criteria to be met.
- For new free standing masts,
the applicant must be able to demonstrate that there are
technical reasons which prevent the installation of the
apparatus on existing masts, buildings, or other
- New free standing masts must
have sufficient spare capacity to allow mast sharing,
subject to any technical or other environmental
constraints, which will be secured by the use of planning
conditions or section 106 agreements.
- All applications and
determinations must be accompanied by information on the
level of emissions likely to be generated by the
installation and the level of emissions must fall within
the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionising
Radiation Protection) guidelines and the advice contained
in PPG8 in relation to emissions near school grounds and
- Clear public exclusion zones
should be placed around all base station antennae
together with appropriate warning signs.
- For all telecomms.
development, including mobile phone installations,
domestic satellite equipment and radio masts:
- the development must not harm
the appearance of the street scene nor appear visually
- The development must not harm
the character of a conservation area nor the character
and setting of a listed building.
- If erected on a building, it
must not be out of keeping with the building, in terms of
siting, scale, size, profile and colour, so as to harm
the appearance of the building.
- If proposed in areas
designated for their landscape, historic or nature
conservation importance, including conservation areas and
the Green Belt, applications must be able to demonstrate
why sites outside these areas cannot be used.