Policy INF 8: Telecommunications infrastructure
- Development for new or upgraded telecommunications infrastructure will be permitted where:
- it has been demonstrated that the installation(s) have been kept to a minimum, consistent with the efficient operation of the network;
- it has been demonstrated that all feasible alternatives have been explored, including opportunities for the sharing or clustering of facilities and siting equipment on existing buildings;
- there will be no significant adverse impact on visual and residential amenity, or on the character of any building or the wider area; and
- there will be no detrimental impact on air traffic safety.
- All new properties (residential and non-residential) should be developed with fibre to the premises enabling them to have a superfast broadband network connection.
10.21 This policy supplements LPS Policy CO 3 'Digital connections'. It recognises the need to support the development of telecommunications infrastructure whilst ensuring any adverse impacts are acceptably reduced.
10.22 Our lives are more digitally connected every day. Access to fibre-optic, superfast broadband is becoming increasingly vital for residents and businesses. It is key to growing a sustainable local economy. Occupiers of new residential or commercial premises expect a high quality broadband connection as a utility similar to the provision of electricity or gas.
10.23 Policy GEN 5 'Aerodrome safeguarding' explains how the impact of proposals for telecommunications infrastructure on air traffic safety will be assessed.
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