Policy MI1: Infrastructure and Development


Proposals for new development with the NPA must demonstrate they provide the appropriate infrastructure necessary to serve the development without causing an unacceptable adverse impact on existing provision and creating a worsening of any existing problem.




Where necessary, proposals may require appropriate mitigation measures to reduce any impact through the provision of phased infrastructure to meet the needs of the development and its future occupiers.




Planning applications for major developments will be required to provide an Infrastructure Delivery Statement to demonstrate the appropriate phasing of infrastructure provision to coincide with the phasing of development.




Policy MI2: 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 superfast broadband (fibre optic) connection 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 necessary practicable, reinstated to its condition before the infrastructure was laid.




Where planning permission is required, 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 an unacceptable adverse impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding area and/or amenity of local residents;


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


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


4.         The equipment meets International Commission Guidelines for public exposure.