Infrastructure Provision

Policy MI1: High Quality Communications Infrastructure

 

Development of high speed broadband infrastructure to serve the NPA will be supported. Any new development within the NPA should be served by full fibre broadband connections unless it can be demonstrated through consultation with the NGA Network providers that this would not be possible, practical or commercially viable. In such circumstances, suitable ducting should be provided within the site and to the property to facilitate future installation.

The area in which the works have been carried out should be, so far as necessarily practicable, reinstated to its condition before the infrastructure was laid.

New infrastructure to support telecommunications installations will be supported provided that the proposal meets all of the following criteria:

1. The siting and appearance of equipment does not have a significant adverse impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area including the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its setting;

2. The siting and appearance of equipment does not have a significant adverse impact on the amenity of local residents;

3. Equipment sited on existing buildings and structures is sympathetically designed; and

4. Where freestanding new masts are proposed, it is demonstrated that there are no viable options for siting the equipment on or in existing buildings or structures.